JoshuaWatts.net is the online archive for the research and creative work of Joshua Watts, an artist and educator based in Dubai, UAE. Various bodies of work are available for viewing in the Gallery, with video outcomes included in the youTube channel. If you are interested in purchasing original artworks, all online sales are handled through Saatchi Art or you can Contact the artist directly with any questions or comments.
Originally from the United States, Joshua Watts began study at Bradley University and received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Dakota, concentrating in Printmaking. His work has been featured in over 80 group and solo exhibitions internationally and across the United States, including exhibitions in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Venice, Portugal, Bulgaria, China, Malaysia, Germany, and Dubai. Recent notable exhibitions include Colorprint USA, ISEA 2014, Art Dubai, Sikka Art Fair, Guangzhou International Miniprints Biennial, Douro Printmaking Biennale, and the Southern Graphics Council Traveling Exhibition.
His work explores notions of location, viewer engagement, personal histories, and the discovery of identity through interaction with others. The recent lightbox works incorporate transitory imagery activated by either the viewer or ambient light, providing alternative readings of the images and ideas presented through his artworks. His newest photographic body of work compresses time into a single flat surface that blends multiple moments into a cohesive narrative. Created using thousands of images collected over the course of many days, these works are amalgamations of emergent behaviors revealed by the passage of time. Solar-powered lightboxes are installed specifically for each site and change appearance through cycles of day and night. The camera records every detail within the narrow confines of a scene, documenting an evolution that unfolds over the course of several days. The resulting images are then studied frame by frame to find and develop a cohesive narrative. Spending days recording a specific location and the subsequent examination of the results leads to a fundamental shift in how the space is perceived.
Since 2008, Joshua Watts has been an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Zayed University in Dubai, UAE. Students in his Printmaking courses interact with the global art community through exchange portfolios each semester and are regularly exhibited. Recent participants included the Alberta College of Art and Design, West Virginia University, VCU Doha, and University of Hawaii at Hilo. Teaching a variety of courses in printmaking, mixed media, senior thesis, and book structures, the sustained development of his own work continues while promoting the aesthetic, conceptual, and expressive growth of students in his courses and public workshops.