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Photo Susan Davis

Artist Alan Watson – 1957-2019

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death in February of St Andrews-born visual artist Alan Watson

Alan Watson during his Crawford residency, 1990

Alan Watson during his Crawford residency, 1990

His connection to our previous incarnation as the Crawford Arts Centre goes way back. An early, successful exhibition ‘Hunting the Big Fish’ was exhibited with us in 1989, touring from 369 Gallery in Edinburgh. Shortly after, he applied for and was awarded an artist’s residency at the Crawford which culminated in a major exhibition about the North Sea oil rig construction in Methil, called ‘A Flea on an Elephant’s Back’.

Much more recently, Alan as a popular art teacher at Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, inspired pupils to attend an annual  Summer School organised by us.

He was always proud of his fishing community ancestors, recognising early on how important the sea was to his artistic life. He has written about its influences and his career generally on his website.

An exhibition celebrating his life and work opened last night at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Entitled ‘Living by the Tide: A Time to Keep and a Time to Cast Away‘, it features a selection of his work including a print he was working on at the time of his death. The exhibition runs until 26 May and is in the Deans Office.


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