Celebration of the Feminine

about John Watkiss

Yesterday, John Watkiss passed away. An independent visionary, always bringing his individual style and training to any artistic situation. Born in England in 1961, he began his career in London as a portrait painter and illustrator, then also taught anatomy and fine art at the Royal College of Art.

Moving out of the advertising and experimental art world John decided to move into the Graphic Novel world of Dark Horse Comics. In collaboration with author Das Petrtou, they produced a 4 issue graphic novel called “Ring of Roses”. Incorporating all of his staging’s – life drawing and storyboard experience – John produced a cinematic breakthrough which still today is being re-published in new formats.





He worked for the Museum of the Moving Image in London, Steven Spielberg’s Amblimation, Derek Jarman, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ridley Scott Associates, Francis Ford Coppola, DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, and Disney. He was called on to design the character of Tarzan and on the strength of his achievement was asked to give workshops on theoretical construction to the world’s oldest and greatest animators.

Here, today, we’d love to remember and celebrate him through his feminine series, a wonderful example of lines, corners and sensuality that meet in a harmonic sequence of eternal instants.






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