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Gallery 72 Unveils “SACRED GROUND” Exhibition From Artist Basil Watson


The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to host Basil Watson’s exhibition “SACRED GROUND”, opening on Thursday, June 13, 2019. The exhibition will be the artist’s meditation on the transcendent,  present and eternal power, beauty and sacredness of the female body.

On Thursday, June 20, join us for a public opening reception from 6 pm to 9 pm at Gallery 72.

For more than 40 years, artist and sculptor Basil Watson has been translating life’s most important attributes – positive emotions and attitudes, the spirit of freedom and spontaneity, strength, beauty, energy and vigor – into finely crafted works of art.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of internationally renowned painter Barrington Watson, it was a natural progression for Watson to study at the Jamaica School of Art. He then went on to establish a successful career as Jamaica’s leading sculptor. The most notable of his achievements include having monumental works on the campuses of the three primary universities in the island, as well as signature works at the two major Stadia.

In 2016, the Government of Jamaica awarded Basil the “Order of Distinction” (Commander) in recognition of his contributions in the field of Art.

Emigrating to the United States in 2002, Watson established his home and studio in Lawrenceville, GA.  Having continued the steep climb to international recognition, he has completed major works in China, Guatemala, and in various States within the US.

Please join the City of Atlanta in celebrating this unique and talented artist. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, please contact the gallery curator, Kevin Sipp, for more information at 404-546-3220 or KSipp@AtlantaGa.Gov.



Thursday, June 13  – Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Gallery 72

72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta GA.. 30303

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 20, at Gallery 72, from 6 pm to 9 pm.