Janna Watson is a Canadian painter, artist, and designer known for abstract painting and textile arts. Her major influence and early mentor was her grandfather Arthur Bonnett, an abstract artist and landscape painter too.
In 2012, she collaborated on a multi-media exhibition with Katrina Tompkins at the Toronto Design Offsite Festival in 2012. Watson began producing two-fold reversible rugs in 2014, which The Globe and Mail described as “modern fusion of functional art and high-end craft.” In 2014, Watson was featured on House and Home. In 2016, Janna’s “Big Swoop” exhibition was shown at DesignTO the same year, she was included in Azure’s list of “5 emerging designers that rocked Toronto design week”.
Her works have been exhibited at several galleries such as the Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, the Bau Xi Gallery in Toronto and Galleri Couture in Stockholm. In February 2016, Watson’s “There Is No Dimmer” series of paintings debuted at the Bau Xi Gallery in Vancouver.
On September 4, 2018 Namesake unveiled a line of leather jackets at Fashion Revolution which featured designs by Watson among several other artists. The same year, her “Moody as Light” series was exhibited at Foster/White. She was also featured in Danielle Krysa’s “Big Picture, Baby” exhibition at the Skye Gallery, along with artists Ashley Longshore, Daisy Patton, and Meghan Hilde brand.