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Background Information about Simon Watson
Simon Watson captures very unusual and enchanting motifs in his Moroccan Gardens series with tastefully arranged gardens with a great variety of cacti, agaves, palms and bougainvillea. The photographer captures the moving story of a garden in Marrakech and the elegance of a modern garden in Taroudant. Watson’s long history and experience as a travel and landscape photographer is what enables him to capture and immortalize the unique beauty of the cultivated nature. His masterful use of light is an unmistakable feature of his works, it’s something reminiscent of Dutch Old Masters.
Marrakech is one of the four royal cities of Morocco. It is famous for its distinctive oriental ambience and ancient architecture, which is recognized as a World Heritage Site. In addition to the historic old town, there is a special place that fascinates visitors from all over the world: The Jardin Majorelle. The Jardin Majorelle is one of the most extraordinary gardens in the world thanks to its picturesque design and its extensive variety of cacti and agaves.
The French painter Jacques Majorelle’s fascination for Morocco is captured in many of his paintings. He spent most of his life in Marrakech, where he created the now internationally famous garden in 1923. In 1980 the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent acquired the garden. Within the garden there is even a commemorative plaque dedicated to the revolutionary Parisian haute couture designer, whose inspiration to create was always kept in bloom by the natural beauty of the garden.
Simon Watson was born in Dublin and moved to New York over 30 years ago to develop his full potential as an artist. There he studied film and explored various art forms before concentrating solely on photography. His work is featured in major publications and renowned magazines such as the New York Times T Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Icon Magazine. His work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums throughout Europe and America. In 2020 he published his book The Lives of Others, which is a compilation of his extensive artistic endeavors over the last three decades, particularly his outstanding interior work. Watson is an internationally sought-after artist whose work hangs in public and private collections around the world.