Graham Watson started life in Yorkshire, England, and spent four years at Bradford Art College following in the footsteps of David Hockney.
He then moved to London and entered advertising as a Junior Visualizer at Garland Compton (later to become Saatchi & Saatchi), before being promoted to an Art Director. Graham stayed there three years, and then got a job at as an Art Director at CDP for the next seven years, during it’s golden period, then on to TBWA for two years. In 1982, Graham joined forces with Bartle, Bogle and Hegarty as a founder Partner and Head of Art, later to become a Creative Director. He was also on the Executive Committee of The Design and Art Directors Association for three years, and was an external assessor at Manchester College of Art for five years.
Graham was nominated one of the top 20 most awarded art directors in the world in 2012, and he is featured in The Art Directors Book published by D&AD in London.
He has won almost every advertising award going, including The Grande Prix at Cannes. One D&AD Gold and seven silvers, a One Show Gold in New York, and believe it or not, the Best Commercial in the World award in Hollywood!
Graham immigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1999 and became a Founder Partner and Head of Art at Lowe Hunt.
After five years there Graham decided to go back to art college again, attending classes in print making, and winning the Waverley Art Prize (print prize), which was nearly as good as winning The Grande Prix at Cannes!
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