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 Robert Watson  (1923 - 2004)

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Lived/Active: Arizona/California      Known for: surreal landscape, illustrator

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The following, submitted December 2004, is from Tony Watson, son of the artist. It is the obituary Tony Watson wrote for his father, and his was published in the "San Francisco Chronicle".

Robert Watson - California Artist

Robert died peacefully on Dec. 14, at home in Poway, CA after a brief struggle with cancer. He was 81. He is survived by his longtime companion, Luisa Costa - Minecci of Poway, CA; son, Tony Watson of Santa Rosa CA; daughter, Elena Watson of Sacramento , CA; granddaughter, Georgia Watson of Novato CA; sister, Dorothea Runnings of Potter Valley, CA; daughter -in-law, Melinda Watson of Santa Rosa, CA.

A resident of Berkeley during the 50's and 60's, Robert lived in Westport, Connecticut until 1973, when he moved to his current home in San Diego County.

Robert was born in Martinez, CA on Feb.28, 1923. After several years of studying art in New York City and with Fredrick Taubes at the University of Wisconsin, Robert had his first one-man show at Gumps in San Francisco in 1948. After a glowing review by Alfred Frankenstein of the "Chronicle", his career took off.

Robert has been represented in one man art shows in all the major U.S. cities as well as London, Paris, Venice, Athens and Jerusalem. Robert has had dozens of one- man shows in San Francisco. .

Mr. Watson also provided the cover art for Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles", 2nd edition, printed in 1953.

Robert Watson's art is in many international private collections and museums, including the National Gallery in Washington DC.

On May 17, 1997, Robert had his 50 year retrospective show at Weinstein Galleries of San Francisco. Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed that day to be "Robert Watson Day" in San Francisco.

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