Richard J. Watson

Current exhibition:
Portals + Revelations: Richard J. Watson

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Oct 21, 2021 - Mar 6, 2022

Selected works available now for pre-sale, to be shipped at the close of the exhibition: 

Enough Said Already, 2018
Enough Said Already, 2018

mixed media collage and acrylic, 48"x36", $9,000

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In the Nick of Time, 2009
In the Nick of Time, 2009

mixed media collage and acrylic, 23" diam, $4,000

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And the Beat Goes On, 2017
And the Beat Goes On, 2017

mixed media collage and acrylic, 48"x36", $9,000

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The Three Phases of Eve (a), 2019
The Three Phases of Eve (a), 2019

mixed media box construction triptych, 20"x6"x4", $7,500

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The Three Phases of Eve (b), 2019
The Three Phases of Eve (b), 2019

mixed media box construction triptych, 20"x6"x4", $7,500

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The Three Phases of Eve (c), 2019
The Three Phases of Eve (c), 2019

mixed media box construction triptych, 20"x6"x4", $7,500

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Looking Out On the Morning Rain, 2004
Looking Out On the Morning Rain, 2004

mixed media on Styrofoam, 16"x14"x8", $2,800

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Reflected Memories, 2004-08
Reflected Memories, 2004-08

mixed media on Styrofoam, 16"x14"x8", $2,800

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Home On the Range, 2004
Home On the Range, 2004

mixed media on Styrofoam, 16"x14"x8", $2,800

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Catching Blessings, 2020
Catching Blessings, 2020

mixed media box construction, 13"x9"x2", $1,200

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Whistle a Happy Tune, 2000-21
Whistle a Happy Tune, 2000-21

mixed media box construction, 13"x9"x2", $1,200

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Protectors and Saints, 2000
Protectors and Saints, 2000

mixed media box construction, 13"x9"x2", $1,200

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Every Time I Feel the Spirit, 2012
Every Time I Feel the Spirit, 2012

mixed media collage on leather, 24"x22", $4,000

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Skittles and Riddles, 2012
Skittles and Riddles, 2012

mixed media collage on leather, 24"x22", $4,000

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Gatekeeper, 2012
Gatekeeper, 2012

mixed media collage on leather, 24"x22", $4,000

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Black Magic, 1994
Black Magic, 1994

mixed media collage, acrylic, and oil on mdf, 68"x21", $8,000

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In This Ring, 1990
In This Ring, 1990

mixed media collage, acrylic, and oil on mdf, 68"x21", $8,000

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Same Tune, Different Drummers, 1994
Same Tune, Different Drummers, 1994

mixed media collage, acrylic, and oil on mdf, 68"x21", $8,000

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Free Association, 1996
Free Association, 1996

acrylic, 63"x37", $6,000 each

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Biography of a Drive By, 2021
Biography of a Drive By, 2021

mixed media assemblage and acrylic, 41"x24", $2,000

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Blue Angel, 1991-2021
Blue Angel, 1991-2021

mixed media collage, acrylic, and oil, 64"x40", $12,000

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Queen Victoria,
Queen Victoria,

mixed media collage and acrylic, 13"diam, $3,500

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A Majority of One,1998
A Majority of One,1998

mixed media collage and acrylic, 41"x24", $4,000

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Lament for George Junius Stinney, Jr, 2020
Lament for George Junius Stinney, Jr, 2020

mixed media collage box construction, 15"x12" (sold)

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Pearl's World, 2000
Pearl's World, 2000

mixed media collage and acrylic, 48"x41", $11,500

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This Old Heart of Mine, 2000
This Old Heart of Mine, 2000

mixed media collage and acrylic, 52"x22", $7,500

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What Christmas Dreams Are Made Of, 1999
What Christmas Dreams Are Made Of, 1999

mixed media collage and acrylic, 52"x40", $8,500

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All My Love, My Darling, 1998
All My Love, My Darling, 1998

mixed media collage and acrylic, 30"x42", $10,000

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Liza, 2000
Liza, 2000

mixed media collage and acrylic, 28"x17", $7,500

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Same Tune, Different Drummer, 1994
Same Tune, Different Drummer, 1994

mixed media collage, acrylic, and oil, 16"x20", $1,800

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Works available for immediate shipping:

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Mountain High, Valley Low, mixed media collage and acrylic, 38" x 26" framed, $5,000

Richard J. Watson is an icon in the Philadelphia art world. Much of his work relates to his experiences as a Black African American man. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1968), has taught at his alma mater, and has served in the Exhibitions Department at the African American Museum in Philadelphia since the 1980s. He has been exhibiting his work for decades, and has an extensive bibliography. His work is held in the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the Uniworld Corporation; Sony; the Federal Reserve Bank; the City of Philadelphia; Sprint; the Church of the Advocate; the poet Dr. Sonia Sanchez; and the Woodmere Museum of Art, among many others.

 

"Most of my works are supported by memories of the past and suggested realities. Issues of social politics, ancestral references, and astral projections are presented with fragmented elements of 'real life' collaged and collapsed, as dreams are prone to do. If connections are made, all the better.  I feel that life should remind us of our dreams." - Richard J. Watson