BASIL

WATSON

GYPSY EYES
GYPSY EYES

Terra-Cotta (available in bronze), 14 X 12 X 24"h

HOPE MOVING FORWARD
HOPE MOVING FORWARD

Bronze, 34'h (1/2 Life-size)

MATERNAL INSTINCTS
MATERNAL INSTINCTS

Terra-cotta, 14" X 12"X 20"h

GYPSY EYES
GYPSY EYES

Terra-Cotta (available in bronze), 14 X 12 X 24"h

1/4

Born 1958 in Jamaica, Basil Watson is a sculptor and painter.  He is the son of a painter, Barrington Watson,, and the brother of sculptor Raymond Watson..

 

 He was honored with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class, in 2005, in recognition of his artistic accomplishments.

Watson completed a sculpture entitled "Balance" in November 2006, which was installed at Doctor's Cave Bathing Club in Montego Bay, in honor of the club's centennial.

 

 Meant to depict the harmony between man and woman, the sculpture is of a standing nude man with one arm outstretched over his head, and an inverted nude woman balancing on one hand, with her hand supported by the man's upraised hand. In total, it is 15 feet tall.

In December of that same year, he completed a statue of sprinter Merlene Ottey, which was installed at Jamaica's National Stadium.] The bronze sculpture, which is eight feet tall and weighs seven hundred pounds, depicts a running Ottey reaching for the sky with her right hand.[5] Prime Minister P. J. Patterson presided over the statue's dedication.

Another work of Watson's was added to National Stadium in November 2009, when Prime Minister Bruce Golding unveiled his sculpture of sprinter Herb McKenley.[6] Watson described the task as an "honor" and a "privilege", citing the esteem in which he held McKenley.

 

He said that when designing the work, he drew from multiple images of McKenley created at different times in his life