Artist Profile


Judy Watson’s contemplative, original, seductive art exposes suppressed histories. A frequent traveller, with 20 years of exhibiting internationally including Europe, Britain, North America and Asia, Watson uses inspiration from her connection to specific places and situations to recall concealed pasts. Accessing her Aboriginal culture, and strongly anchored to drawing and printmaking practices, her aesthetic has expanded to painting and public art.


When I was at high school in Brisbane, I did a small amount of printmaking, predominantly screen-printing, also a bit of lino block printing. At DDIAE now, the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, I studied all visual art subjects and histories. Then, I focused on printmaking, because with the other subjects I wasn’t sure where I was going, in particular painting. I didn’t know where to stop. Printmaking gave me the discipline of creating layers, using compositions and several

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