We are thrilled that Cassidy Watt has made a very special piece of art to be auctioned at the Chef & Shaker Challenge, again this year, to raise money for the Helen David Relief Fund which supports bartenders facing breast cancer. He is holding his piece for auction in the photo above. It retails for $1500. 100% of the proceeds go to HDRF Foundation.
A Brooklyn native, Cassidy Watt began his art career by attending the first of his many Artexpo New York exhibitions in 2003, as a representative for a gallery in Manhattan.
When the opportunity arose, he eschewed the conventional career path of an apprentice or assistant. Moving to New Mexico, Mr. Watt embraced the desert’s light, space, and patience. Over the last decade, he opened his own business, Metallo Gallery, while also developing an original language and vision as an artist.
Coming full circle, 2018 marks Mr. Watt’s exultant return to Artexpo New York, but now as a gallery owner and celebrated artist in his own right. This transformation is reminiscent of his own work, wherein industrial metals – aluminum, copper, brass – experience a scathing journey to emerge anew, while still retaining their enduring character. As Mr. Watt explains, “Metal forgives, but it never forgets.”
The alchemy of Mr. Watt’s aesthetic finds its origin in the industrial city of his youth, which transects the high desert mountains of his chosen adult life. His metalwork twists and interlaces like the Brooklyn Bridge, but is then weathered by caustic forces reminiscent of the nuclear New Mexican sun.
Cassidy Watt graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 2002 with a degree in Fine Arts. He moved to Madrid, New Mexico, in 2007 and opened Metallo Gallery in 2008.