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Robert Watson

 (1923 - 2004)
Robert Watson was active/lived in Arizona, California.  Robert Watson is known for surreal landscape with figure painting, illustration.

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Artist Bulletins for Robert Watson

34 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

robert watson
tom vogt (03/10/2015)
Robert and I were great friends from the 1970's. He took me to a show in Hawaii in the 80's . He was uncanny in dealing with the dealers at the different art galleries First and foremost he was a trusted friend and I will hold his friendship with me forever. I have one of his paintings, Harbor Light, hanging on a wall in my home thinking about it him everyday. I will keep my eye out for Turning Point" as he painted this for me and never let him gift it to me as one of the little fun things about Robert was watching him fund his life with art. He was one of a kind.

James (03/26/2011)
This is James again with "The Return of the Flying Dutchman". My painting is 18"x24". The subject of this painting is a sailboat on the horison sailing towards shore, but the sea never meets the ship. Insteed it seems to float over the sea never making contact with the water. Of course, there is the arch, and a large statue, and two robed men facing away from the painter, as Watson always did. Of all the paintings I've seen on line, mine by far is the most Beautiful!!!
David Fedeli (12/08/2010)
Okay, I was going to wait until everything was perfect before posting, but the cat already seems to have gotten out of the bag! The tribute site for Robert is now online. I have posted somewhere around 100 images of his work, and still have nearly as many to sort through and post. (I would be happy to accept more, especially those rumored watercolours). There is a discussion forum there, and I am trying to gather as many article and critic's reviews as I can. I hope you all can stop by!

Identifying Watson paintings
David Fedeli (12/08/2010)
Hi to Russ and Erik. I have almost 200 images of Robert's work that I am currently posting on a tribute site for Robert. If you would like, I can look at your images and see if I can find any information on these for you. David

A great Robert Watson Day!
DJ Fedeli (02/11/2010)
Yesterday was great Robert Watson Day! As I mentioned in previous posts, I am working to catalog as much of Robert's work as I can, and am going to post a tribute web site for all who loved Robert and his work. The site will showcase as much of Robert's work as I can get ahold of, and will allow folks to share stories and facts about the artist - among other things. Thanks to the many who have already contributed - and your ideas for the web site are very welcome. The site will be for all of those members of "Watson's army". Yesterday I was FINALLY able to re-acquire the original domain name I used for Robert's own web site. I am so thrilled, and it has really inspired me to continue the work. ALSO, I was able to find, and purchase, an issue of American Artist, December 1953, featuring an article about, you guessed it, "Robert Watson, American Romantic". I can't wait to get it! Please remember, anyone who can contribute images of Robert's work, or any other facts, etc., are sincerely encouraged to do so, and it is tremendously appreciated. I think it is important to try and assemble these things to keep his memory and work alive for future generations who never had the chance to meet him or see his work while he was alive. Please contribute! ~ THANK YOU!

Robert Watson-painting of a girl
Jana (12/10/2009)
Hi, I inherited what I believe to be a Robert Watson Painting of a girls face. The Robert Watson signature is in the lower left hand corner. Who would I contact to find out if it is in fact a Robert Watson?? Thanks! Jana

Registry for numbered paintings
rhons (12/09/2009)
Hi! is there a registry with all Robert Watkins paintings? I'd love to be able to identify the painting I've recently purchased. Thanks!

robert watson signature
rhona (12/07/2009)
Hi, I have what I believe is a 24 x36 painting on canvas by robert watson. However, on the lower right hand corner looks like an EH rather than an RW. I used to sell his work in San Francisco and I am 99[%] sure it is his and the piece had been at auction or the number of the piece is 750.... I'm confused...dies his RW signature look like EH? Were there students who mimicked his work?? Please reply with any info you might have. I'd really appreciate it!! Thanks!

studies for original art
roger williams (11/14/2009)
I have a number of sketches and studies for his art I am sure they are original most are signed with initials R.W. is there any value to these studies? Also I have a small water color with his signature I did not know he used water color.

Robert Watson
Steve G (08/26/2009)
I can tell you a great deal about Robert Watson and his Utah stay. He did not work in the Boston Building he worked in it's twin, across the street, The Newhouse Building at 10 Exchange Place. Robert was brought into Utah by a gallery owner Dewey Moore. Dewey was a friend of my fathers and through Dewey, Watson meet my father and was subsidized financially by dad. He set up a studio in the Newhouse building. My dad and Watson were great pals and the family owns a number of his paintings. He was a party animal. Dad and Bob were friends for years and he was a fixture at our store through many years of that era. I worked for Watson, when I was a senior in High School. It was the summer of 1969. I was at his studio with him the night of July 20th when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. I was building packaging frames and boxing his paintings for shipping. I watched him crank out about 25 paintings. He would lay down the background coloring and while those dried he would put in the buildings, seas etc on other canvases. His last step was to paint the figures. I think Bob was around for about 10 years, but I can't remember for sure. Steve Gallenson

To David Howard
DJ Fedeli (08/10/2009)
Mr. Howard, Robert once told me a story about trading a painting for a convertible so he could drive across the Golden Gate bridge with the top down - I wonder if this is the one he spoke of? I spent 4 years as a student of Mr. Watsons. He taught me to paint with oils in his style. He was a great guy and could tell some wonderful stories!

Watson Images
DJ Fedeli (08/10/2009)
Hi again everybody. A while back (12/30/2008), I posted about categorizing Robert's art. I have been working on the web site and my hard drive crashed. I lost a number of images but was able to retrieve most of them. Does anyone out there have some images they would be interested in contributing. Thanks!

"Outward Bound"
andrew (07/30/2009)
I am the 2nd owner of this piece titled "Outward Bound" #987 (#987 may have been a gallery assigned number). The canvas and frame were purchased at Swaseys pictures and framing in Berkley, CA. The frame is original to the piece. The original owners were a couple who purchased the piece as a wedding present to themselves in 1962. I have the invoice from the Cowie Wilshire Galleries (they paid over 6 months via layaway). My wife and I fell in love with the piece and purchased at the former owners estate sale. I would welcome any information regarding the year the piece was produced, etc. Please feel free to email me Best, Andrew

Elena Watson
David Howard (04/03/2009)
Hi Elena, I would love a copy of the video, but am unable to contact you via this site. Please contact me at I have two of your father's pieces. My favorite is one that he traded for a Nash automobile at a dealership in Berkeley. I am sure the provenance that I have would bring a smile to your face. Please let me know if you would like to hear more about the painting/car trade history.

Elana Watson
Jim Buckley (04/02/2009)
Elena - I love to see family of Robert keeping in touch [*]with those he touched[*]... it keeps him alive for all. I felt "moved" for Robert - he had just recovered from hospitalization for pnuemonia - yet he was doing a personal showing in "a hard city" - on his own - at nearly 80! He did not seem that age - 70 [*]max[*] was my guess! I note from Tony's post he was at least 77 at the time we met in person. I "admired/connected/bonded" with him and his art so much... I did not get it across either in the gallery or in my post on this site. The paintings I have I can "feel" - I try to comprehend the depth of their presence - "the soul of their maker" so to speak. I "connect without completion" - a sort of "un-ending satisfaction" and "total engrossment"!! We had so much fun talking about San Francisco - it's beauty, "quirks, character, magic" and magnificance - that I lost time and care and just loved his company and the art he created. My email is A click on the "subject" of the post does not allow "direct correspondence". I would love a video. All the best Elena and family!

Elena Watson (03/25/2009)
Thank you all for your postings. It means alot to me to see that my father touched so many lives just by his art. I have a video of my father interviewed and showing some work. If you are interested please do not hessitate to contact me.

The Return, Interior/Exterior
Jim Buckley, 03/20/2009 (03/21/2009)
I met Robert in San Francisco early in 2001. I truly felt moved meeting Robert. I would say he was quite a character! I know he and I shared a love for his art and the great city of San Francisco. Regarding cataloging I can contribute much I believe. My sympathy to his family... though rest assured he lives on through his work. He gave me a compilation of documents - a sort of history of his works - about 50 pages of articles, pictures, letters, collector lists, commendations, gallery statements, etc... compiled & bound by his own hand. I also bought the pieces that are in the subject line. They are 1997/1998 - 18x24 & 20x24 oils respectively. His art lives on for all of us to enjoy!

good idea
Bill Garvey (01/25/2009)
I like your idea of cataloging as much as we can of Watsons work. I think it is good for all that come after us.I will help any way I can. I have one small painting of his.

Categorizing Watson's work
DJ Fedeli (12/30/2008)
In response to Barry M. Boone's question... I would be happy to organize a collection of Robert's work and post it online. I originally built a website for Robert while he was alive, and still have it. I've often thought about reposting it as a tribute site. I have pictures of about 90 of his paintings. If anyone wants to contribute images of Robert's work I would be happy to do the rest. With all the collector's out there, we could probably get most everything cataloged. Anyone interested?

Robert Watson friend and teacher
DJ Fedeli (12/23/2008)
I was fortunate enough to have met and been befriended by Robert in the last few years before his passing. Robert was generous enough to teach how to paint with oils at his home, and I have worked to carry on some piece of his legacy in my work. He was a wonderful, funny man and I was very blessed to know him. Boy, could he tell stories! He is missed every day. Best wished to Tony and Elena.

Video Clips
matt (12/15/2008)
I know from emailing other Robert Watson collectors or fans as I call us, that video of him painting, doing interviews exists. If someone reading this has those items would it be possible to post them on a popular video website for us to enjoy? Thank you.

RW Paintings
Shannon (11/07/2008)
Hi Elena I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I saw his "Turning Point" in an San Francisco gallery and it spoke volumes to me and where I was at in my life. "The Decision" and "Return of an Angel" are by far my 3 favorite pieces. Should I ever make it rich, those are mine for sure! He was an amazing artist and your family is in my prayers.

The daughter of Robert Watson
Elena Watson (09/12/2008)
Hello, My name is Elena Watson and I am the daughter of the late Robert Watson. Thank you all for your support and well wishes after his death. In return, if any of you have questions regarding his history or the current value of a piece, please feel free to contact.

Friend with Robert
tom vogt (03/19/2008)
Robert was a great friend and shared many laughs with.

The Returning (1955 original)
Evan (02/13/2008)
I own the original 1955 Robert Watson painting entitled "The Returning". I was unable to find any mention of this piece anywhere online. Old family rumor has it that its companion piece was once owned by the late Vincent Price, who was at the time said to have been searching for my piece. I am not a real collector, but I happen to love this particular painting! Does anyone have any comments about this piece, or in general that may be of interest? Or is no one even aware of its existence?

Robert Watson paintings
Barry M. Boone (10/07/2007)
I have 5 of Mr. Watson's paintings. All but one are from the 1960s. The other one is undated and untitled but signed. Is anyone attemping to catalog Mr. Watson's work?

To the Lighthouse
piper (09/09/2007)
I purchased this oil painting at a local auction. This is my first major art piece collection. What should I do next? Thanks!

Robert Watson
lola patton (07/24/2007)
There is such a history about my love for his art. The man is a genius as far as bringing his canvas to your soul. If you are reading this, then you know exactly what I mean. I do believe that whoever loves his works like I do is a kindred spirit with him and me too.And Matt, I finally did have a chance to see him in San Francisco in 2004, shook his hand and saw the beautiful sparkle in his eyes. Robert Watson ,the man, touched my heart, Robert Watson,the artist,touched my soul forever

Down To The Sea
matt (06/03/2007)
Purchased this piece from Lahina Gallery in Maui Hawaii on July 5 2000 while vacationing. I was 23 at the time, never purchased any art before but always enjoyed viewing things. I think Mr. Watson wanted me to have this piece. Never bought before haven't bought after. I tried to research about Mr. Watson but never could find much. Wish I could have met him, just to shake his hand really and say "I love your artwork" I am now 31 and to this day there are only a few life experiences that words can not accurately express my emotions and feelings, 1. Death of my mom. 2. Marrying my wife. 3. Birth of each of my children and 4....The time spent alone in an art gallery room viewing Mr. Watson's work all by myself for like an hour. Thank you Mr. Watson for the life experience and gift you gave me.

I knew Robert
Tony Calabrese (11/27/2006)
I knew Robert when he lived in Lake havasue Arizona. We were neighbors for a short while and became good friends. He taught me alot about the craft and life. I'm verry sad to here of his passing. Would be happy to hear from anyone who was family or friends of Robert watson. Thanks P.S. I beleive he was in Utah he had told me of some of his paintings in a museum in Salt Lake.

Robert Watson Art
Bob Van Leuven (09/27/2006)
I am a collector of Robert Watson's paintings and knew Robert well during the last ten years of his life. I would like to hear from other fans of his work and share stories, information, etc. and possibly answer any questions you may have.

Mr. Watson's Handwriting
Robert Heatherington (03/23/2006)
I have inherit from my mother's estate a small (9 1/2 x 7 1/2)Watson oil on canvas of two figures standing facing forward. On the back of the painting, on the cardboard backing is printed the title , dimensions and price of the picture. Immediately below this is written in script "R Watson". Does any one know of a sample of Mr. Watson's handwriting that would be available to determine if it his authentic signiture? Thank You. Robert Heatherington

When was Mr. Watson in Utah
Margy (01/15/2005)
I have some signed prints and originals of the Arch and other works . I was told that my father bought them from Mr. Watson in Utah at a place called the Boston Building. Was Mr. Watson in Utah?When?

Robert Watson
Tony Watson (12/16/2004)
Robert Watson died this week, Dec. 14, 2004. He was 81 years old and died peacefully at home in Poway, CA.

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