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Born and raised in New York City, based in Miami FL, William Betts has exhibited throughout North America and Europe. His artwork has been in many publications including Volumes 60, 72 and 84 of New American Painting, the Swedish based arts journal konstperspektiv, and Harpers. Betts’ work has been featured in the group exhibition, Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum, in Stuttgart, Germany. His work has also shown at the Arlington Museum of Art, The University of Texas, The Salt Lake City Art Center, The University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire, and the Albuquerque Museum.
Betts works on several different projects concurrently in an ongoing exploration of the intersection of the digital realm and the traditional craft of painting using various technologies, strategies, and processes to create his work. His newest series continues to employ his own source imagery, taken from his video stills, and themes of surveillance expanding his idea of painting subtractivly - literally vaporizing the paint - creating a wonderful primal quality akin to a handmade paintings that belies the extreme advanced technology used to make them.
William Betts "Generation III"
William Betts "Generation III" Acrylic on canvas 32" x 24"
A concurrent series are new line paintings on panel, drawn from nature and reduced down to a black and white pallette. He develops the images by exploring ideas of mirroring and replication and duplication. These images share the tactile qualities of African and islamic textiles and at the same time draw on the optical explorations of Victor Vassarely and Francois Morellett, ground Betts has covered with his own Moire paintings series of 2004-2009.