Alison Watt painting bought for Perth
- Perth Museum and Art Gallery
- 27 January 2015
Orion, a captivating new drapery painting by Scottish artist Alison Watt, has been bought by Perth Museum & Art Gallery with help from the Art Fund.
Alison Watt is best known for her paintings of drapery, a specialism that developed out of her fascination with 19th-century European art, and in particular the depiction of fabric in the paintings of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.
Like many of her paintings, Orion appears photographic from a distance; it is only as the viewer approaches the canvas that the brushwork comes into focus, the paint often worked in broad strokes that belie the work's hyper-realistic appearance.
Orion was created for Watt's first retrospective, Alison Watt Paintings: 1986–2014, which was shown at Perth Museum & Art Gallery in the summer of 2014. Bob Band, convener of lifelong learning at the gallery, said that the painting was 'an important legacy of the exhibition', while Watt said that it was 'an honour' for her works to be part of the Perth collection.
The painting was bought with support from a £10,000 Art Fund grant. It will be on display at Perth Museum & Art Gallery throughout 2015.