Archie Sutter Watt RSW (1915-2005) - one of Dumfries and Galloway's best-loved artists. Known to many for his Galloway landscapes and still-life paintings, Archie lived and worked at his studio in Kirkgunzeon near Dalbeattie for over 55 years.
After service in the Second World War and then studies at the Glasgow and Edinburgh School of Art, Archie came to Dumfries and Galloway to take up a teaching post in schools.
A stalwart of the local community he was instrumental in establishing the Annual Arts Festival and Stewartry Art Society and despite his heavy teaching workload, he continued to create his own work, exhibiting both locally and around the country. He was made full member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour RSW in 1966.
At a time in life when many would have retired, Archie’s dedication to his art was unwavering, and his drive to try new challenges and undertake new exhibitions was undaunted by his failing health. He was delighted to be asked to stage a major retrospective at Gracefield Art Centre in Dumfries to mark his 85th year, an event which saw more than 130 items loaned from private collections from around the country and the publication of a catalogue to celebrate his life and work. In 2004 he acquired a new printing press to replace the converted washing mangle which he had used for years to edition his prints. He was keen to see the difference a "real" engineered press and the latest non-toxic techniques would make to his printmaking. In early 2005 he was still working on a series of new graphic works and these will be now be printed from Archie’s plates by his friend and printmaker, Hugh Bryden, to be shown, as Archie planned, as part of the arts festival at the end of May.