Alison Watt is one of Scotlands most distinguished contemporary artists and this is the first of her works to be acquired by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Self-portrait by Alison Watt, 19861987
© Alison Watt / Photo: Antonia Reeve
- Oil on canvas
- 30.8 x 30.8 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £17,500 ( Total: £17,500)
- Acquired in:
- Ingleby Gallery
She was born in Scotland, trained at Glasgow School of Art and lives and works in Edinburgh. Watt has said that all her painting is a kind of self-portraiture. In her recent work with textiles, the body has become acutely abstracted, with folds of cloth becoming elusively suggestive of the human body. However this earlier painting offers a rare and strikingly direct example of a traditional self-portrait by the artist. This painting was presented to the gallery by the Art Fund to celebrate its reopening after refurbishment in 2011.