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Patricia Watwood Works Biography


Patricia Watwood is an American figurative painter. Watwood’s paintings explore transformative narratives and mythological archetypes using the human figure.  Her oil paintings show traditional methods and a technical rigor that balance perception and conceptual design. Her most common subject matter is the nude, particularly women, in images that convey the sacred feminine. Watwood has exhibited at galleries and institutions worldwide such as Hirschl & Adler and The Forbes Galleries in NYC, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Butler Museum, and the Bruce Museum. In 2012-2013, her work was viewed in China in an historic presentation of American painting, Contemporary American Realism, which toured six cities including Beijing and Shanghai. Watwood’s solo museum exhibit, Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals was on view in two venues in 2011-2012: St. Louis University Museum of Art, and The Forbes Galleries, NYC. Watwood’s paintings are in private and public collections internationally, such as The New Britain Museum of American Art, Harvard University, St. Louis City Hall, Weill-Cornell Medical College, St. Louis University Museum of Art, and Culver Academy.  Her paintings have been included in anthologies of contemporary figurative art, like “Naked: The Nude in America,” by Bram Dijkstra, “The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture Contemporary Perspectives,” by Margaret McCann, and “The Figurative Artist’s Handbook,” by Robert Zeller.

Watwood has earned many awards, including the Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation Grant;  International Portrait Competition Honor Award (2011) PSof A;  First Place in the Members Only Competition “Outside the Box” (2016) PSof A; The James Amster Award from the National Arts Club; and recognition as a Art Renewal Center “Living Master,” and ARC finalist and honor awards in their annual salons.

Watwood earned her MFA in figurative art with Honors from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins as a founding member of the Water Street Atelier. Her teachers include Martha Erlebacher, Steven Assael, Vincent Desiderio and Ted Seth Jacobs.  Watwood has been an adjunct professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art, has given lectures and workshops across the country, and is a featured art instructor with  She has written articles for American Artist, American Arts Quarterly, and Fine Art Connoisseur; and published in academic anthologies on criticism, like the TRAC Conference publication.

She has produced two art instructional DVDs: Creating Portrait from Life: Patricia Watwood, with Streamline Art Videos; and Figure Painting: Realistic Skin Tone with Patricia Watwood, with Interweave Press.

Born and raised in St. Louis (1971), she lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughters.



Born in 1971, St. Louis, Missouri

Lives in Brooklyn, NY


1996-2000       Water Street Atelier, Brooklyn, NY

1996-1999       New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art, MFA, summa cum laude

1998-1999       Ecole Albert Defois, France

1989-1993       Trinity University, San Antonio, BA Theatre Design, magna cum laude


Solo Exhibitions:

2015    New Narratives, Dacia Gallery, NYC

2013    Venus Apocalyspe, Dacia Gallery, NYC

2013    Scenes from a Pilgrimage, (Collaboration with Stefan Hagen) Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2012    Patricia Watwood: Myths and Individuals, The Forbes Gallery, NYC

2011    Patricia Watwood: Myths and Individuals, St. Louis Uni. Museum of Art, MO

2010    Portraits 20/10, Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008    Figures, Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2001    Meredith Long and Co, Houston, TX

2000    The Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2018    Body & Soul, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham

Women Artists Exhibition, Dacia Gallery NYC

2017    Legacy, Gallery 1261, Denver CO

Gold Medal Exhibit, California Art Club, Autrey Museum, CA

2016    Bird: Metaphor + Muse, Concord Art Center, MA

In Full Bloom, Portraits Inc. Gallery, NYC

Brooklyn Big Tent, Shapeshifter Lab, Art Slope Festival Brooklyn

2015    Primavera, Dacia Gallery, NYC

Take Home a Nude, New York Academy of Art, Sotheby’s

Blue Drawings, (Also Curating) Portraits Inc. Gallery, NYC

2014    Nunc Veritatem, Dacia Gallery, NYC

6×9, National Arts Club, NYC

2013    Diverse Visions of Reality, Diego Salazar, Long Island City, NY

Nocturnes, National Arts Club, NYC

2012-13           Contemporary American Realism, Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, CN

Six city tour 9/12-11/13: Beijing, Dalian, Tianjin, Wuhan, Hangzhou, and Shanghai

2012    New York Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, Flowers Gallery, NYC

2011    Art + Architecture, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY

2011    ACOPAL: Contemporary American Realism, National Arts Club, NYC

2010    Inspiring Figures: An Exhibit Celebrating American Women in Figurative Art,

            The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2010    A Contemporary View of Women Reading, The Forbes Gallery, NYC

2009    Enchantment, Joseloff Museum Gallery, University of Hartford, CT

2008    Five Women, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006    Slow Painting, The Oglethorpe Museum, Atlanta, GA

2002    The Great American Nude, The Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences, Greenwich, CT

2000    New York–Classicism–Now, Hirschl & Adler, NYC

1999    New Realism for the New Millennium, Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY



Art Instructor with, with titles “Ten Essentials for Better Drawing,” and “Start-Up Library: Learn to Draw.”

DVD: “Creating Portraits from Life, with Patricia Watwood,” Streamline Video

DVD: “Figure Painting: Realistic Skin Tone” American Artist, Interweave Video



New Britain Museum of American Art

St. Louis City Hall

The Forbes Collection

Weill Cornell Medical School

Harvard University

Kennedy School of Government

St Louis University Medical School

St Louis University Museum of Art

Culver Academy, Huffington Gallery



Greg Hedberg

Michael Huffington

Steven Bennett

Lloyd Greif

Melinda and Paul Sullivan

Walter and Valerie Broughton

Robert and Christine Emmons

Collection Kreymayr

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