Biography

Self-portrait by Norval Watson
Self-portrait, 1990

Artists’s statement
Curriculum Vitae

Norval Watson, born 1957, is best known for vibrant seascapes and dynamic paintings of the surf. Raised in the small Australian seaside town of Point Cook, he sketched prolifically in his childhood, and began building and painting surfboards professionally in his teens. He made several short films, and in the mid-80s returned to creating 2D art with a variety of media. In 1990 he organized his first big exhibition of paintings in a warehouse in South Melbourne. After 20 years working and travelling the country, Watson moved to Byron Bay in 1995, and has lived there ever since.

In 2006 Norval Watson’s spinal cord was crushed in a cycling accident and he became an incomplete tetraplegic for life. Fortunately he was able to learn to walk and paint again, but retains a certain degree of disability. He works in his art practice everyday, and rises enthusiastically to every challenge that comes his way.

 

Uluru, 2016. NB: I did not climb the rock. But I did stand on the bottom two feet of the rock.
Uluru, 2016. “I did not climb the rock. But I did stand on the bottom two feet of the rock.”

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