Gary Betts

Gary Betts' creative life has been a constantly evolving process. He first discovered his talent for ceramics and sculpture at school, so a natural progression to art school seemed obvious. He studied design for print followed by medical illustration at Barking, Essex. His career path took him into graphic design, illustration, storyboard art, art direction and creative direction, but he was always painting and sculpting. He now focuses soley on his sculpture.

Betts has always explored the human form, but the idea behind the image has been his defining style. His art conveys his personal insights, giving the raw material a voice that is alive. His work is often described as enigmatic, sometimes unsettling, yet there is a gentile sensitivity about it that is crying out to be heard.

Betts fascination with masks began as a boy when the Tutankhamun exhibition came to London in 1972. He was captivated by how a masked person is a transformed person. The mask is not necessarily a visual concealment. In many cultures, being masked not only questions a person's identity but their reality even the natural or supernatural.

Betts is inspired by the shock of the transformation when the mask is added (or taken away).

Gary lives in West London where he also has his studio. He has become a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, the Society of Designer Craftsmen and the London Potters.

To date, Gary has exhibited in Cork Street, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Mall Galleries, Religious Violenta and Passion for Freedom, and Amsterdam Realisme. His sculptures are held in private collections worldwide.

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://www.arushagallery.com/artists/gary-betts#sigProIdbd23a8ccba