Dominic Watson

Artist Dominic Watson

While many artists present a piece of art and step back, Dominic Watson is the art.

Working with film and installation to tell a story it’s not unusual to find that Watson himself is the main feature.

When asked about some of his processes for his well known pieces by artist Lindsey Mendick in 2016, Dominic said, “I think I actively became interested in the idea of duplicating myself after making Studio Based Practice. In an attempt to move the work forward away from a reliance on using other artworks, I tried to become really objective about myself, view the performer in the video as someone else.

"I really wanted make a distinction between me the person, me the artist and me the performer. I began to think about the performer as a material and a subject, the same way you might think about a readymade.”

Born in Sunderland in 1986, Dominic Watson studied sculpture at Camberwell College of Art, London, and then an MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2014. 

Since graduating he has been selected for New Contemporaries 2013 as well as the London Open 2015. 

Watson was a recipient of the John Kinross Fellowship, 2014, awarded by the Royal Scottish Academy and received a Fellowship in Contemporary Art Practice from the British School of Rome in 2017. His work is part of the RSA and the Ingram Collections. Watson currently lives and works in London, where co runs an artist led project space, PLAZAPLAZA in elephant and Castle.