Jack Watto

A Londoner by birth, Jack has had an interest in art since his early years.

In 1959 at 16 years of age, encouraged and supported by his art teacher, he was given a place at Camberwell School of Art for two years after his work was submitted to them by the Royal Society of Arts when he was eleven years of age; he was awarded the school’s Major County for exceptional art. Jack also put his talents to work designing posters for jazz concerts.

Jack then graduated in 1964 with a BA (Hons) NDD in Fine Art from The Slade School of Art in London working under Frank Auerbach, mentoring with Howard Hodgkin and studying with Keith Vaughan whose figurative studies remain an inspiration to this day.

On leaving the Slade he became an Architectural Sculptor/Restorer and travelled the world working on UNESCO World Heritage sites, eventually returning to the UK to work on Heritage Projects throughout England and Europe.

Jack now paints full time from his studio in Kettering, specialising in oils. He enjoys portraiture, figurative work and watercolour sketching ‘en plein air’ and a recent change in direction has led to Jack currently exploring experimental abstract environments as work in progress.

He has exhibited at the Alfred East Gallery in Kettering, the Rooftop Art Gallery in Corby, and the Yarrow Gallery in Oundle. He has work in Private Collections in the UK. He is a member of the Kettering & District Art Society and his work can be viewed at ARTworks Creative Space in Kettering. He is also a member of The Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum.

He is happy to undertake landscape and portrait commissions. Some of his artwork is available in the form of high-quality fine-art giclée prints by Atelier Editions, signed by the artist as well as greeting cards.

As well as working as a full time artist Jack enjoys walking in nature, classic cars, motorbikes, cooking with his Muse and gardening.