Artist Bio

James Watterson

Tucson, AZ-Based Artist

Hip Hop has been intertwined with my art and life as far back as to a time when only one record store in Tucson would sell explicit-version-cassettes to minors. Mostly influencing my work is the graffiti element of hip hop. Spending my early youth pouring through my father’s Art in America magazines and Chalfant and Cooper’s Subway Art, I have a history of taking cues from the abstract-expressionist-masters and mixing it with my love of train-yard-letter-mechanics. Mostly drawings, paintings and more recently sculpture; everything I do is spontaneous, a freestyle if you will. I work in a penmanship type routine that is done quickly and with an energy that I believe comes from my history of time painting under bridges and in alleyways. I’ve tried for years to “grow up” from this “juvenile activity” but even though most of my work is accomplished in the studio these days, I can’t seem to shake off the wildstyle from the line and form.

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James Watterson