Born in 1944 David Watson continues to paint daily from his hometown of Middlesbrough. 

For over half a century, he has captured the communities, characters and identity of his native Teesside, his paintings set against the changing fortunes and gradual decline of steel manufacturing in North East England.

With no formal training, Watson is an outsider who tells with authenticity, integrity and humour an honest working class narrative of  past, present and future within post industrial Britain.

'I paint what I know, all I know, the people, the works, those that have gone and what is left now. I'll keep painting until the man upstairs calls time then I'm off"