Alison Watt unveils new art work

Scottish artist ends National Gallery residency

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Alison Watt

Artists are used to pilfering inspiration from other artists’ work, but for Greenock-born Alison Watt it’s a specific interest in the drapery of the Old Masters that has influenced her new exhibition, Phantom.

This display, which comprises of six large-scale works, continues her fascination with Zurbaran’s 16th century work ‘Saint Francis in Meditation’ and the suggestive power of fabric.

The ambiguously named pieces are designed to let the spectator find their own meaning.

This exhibition marks the end of Watt’s two-year residency at the National Gallery in London, which has seen her work progress from the figurative to something more abstract.

The National Gallery, London, until Sun 22 Jun.

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