Featured Artist: Will Watson
Will Watson is originally from Indianapolis , IN. He graduated with a BFA in 2011 from The Herron School of Art and Design. Will moved to Washington, DC in 2014 to jump start his career as a visual artist. This fall, he will be attending the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting to pursue his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD.
My work is intended to evoke the same emotion as a poet would with words. Combining realistic and illustrational approaches to figure with spray paint, occasional collage and mixed media, I invite viewers to have a personal experience and their own sense of connectivity with the art. Social matters, political, spiritual, economic, and faith-based themes are prevalent in my work, by which I use my art as a tool to voice my thoughts and opinions on these topics. My work reflects the influences of art history, portraiture, abstract expressionist art, surrealism, graffiti, and illustration. Portrait and figurative works consist of highly stylized two-dimensional backgrounds that are infused with rhythmic shapes and patterns accompanied by unique urban hieroglyphs and African influenced symbols. The juxtaposition of these symbols suggest unconscious and conscious thoughts, while representing various emotions, strength, faith, power, life influences, and life itself. My work portrays the beauty and imperfections of these themes.
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