Image by Ross Watson
Ross Watson Exhibition
Internationally acclaimed artist, Ross Watson previews his latest artworks for his Melbourne audience prior to his fourth WorldPride exhibition in Sydney. See for yourself why Ross Watson’s WorldPrideNYC | Stonewall 50 exhibition was a festival favourite, attracting the attention of the New York Times and ABC TV America.
His latest work from the Dioramas series, featuring the men in imagined dreamlike settings will be presented alongside iconic favourites and classic imagery. Surfers, soldiers and football players, compete for attention, in a celebration of queer icons and the male form. These stunning realist paintings and Limited Edition Prints will be available for purchase with complementary worldwide shipping on all artworks.
Censorship of nudes in art by social media has not deterred Watson from painting his passion. Spurred on by the former High Court Justice, Michael Kirby, to address why the full frontal male nude is rarely seen in contemporary art and art museums, the artist's skillfully explores this subject, with examples of the full frontal male nude included in the exhibition.
Watson’s art was included in the important 2022 landmark Queer exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and his portraits of queer icons Matthew Mitcham and Ian Roberts are amongst the most popular in the National Portrait Gallery. His art is held in many important private collections, including Sir Elton John.
Breaking with tradition from the usual commercial gallery expectations, a multi-media experience awaits all visitors, where you can meet the artist, who will be signing copies of his popular books and learn first-hand about his inspiration and intention behind his artworks.
"He's a leader in contemporary realism"
Event & ticketing details
Dates & Times
|WHEN||28-29 Jan, 4-5 Feb, 11-12 Feb | Sat, Sun 11am-5pm|
|FREE||No ticket required|
Ross Watson Gallery
465 Nicholson St, Carlton NorthGet directions
Tram96 to stop 16
INFONew Work, Melbourne Premiere