Select Page

William Betts

Born and raised in New York City, based in Miami FL, William Betts has exhibited throughout North America and his artwork has been in many publications including Volumes 60, 72 and 84 of New American Painting and the Winter 2010 ARTLies. Betts was recently awarded an Individual Artist Grant by the Houston Art Alliance. Betts’ work has been featured recently in a group exhibition, Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum, in  Stuttgart, Germany. His work was also shown at the Arlington Museum of Art, University of Dallas, John Michael Kohler Art Center, University of Texas, Trinity University, Salt Lake City Art Center, University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire, and the Albuquerque Museum. In addition, Betts’ work was included in the recent Houston Area Show at the Blaffer Gallery, the University of Houston’s art museum, curated by Claudia Schmukli as well as in New American Talent 23 at the Arthouse Texas in Austin. 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.



Video Interviews


Artist Information

Born and raised in New York City, based in Miami FL, William Betts has exhibited throughout North America and his artwork has been in many publications including Volumes 60, 72 and 84 of New American Painting and the Winter 2010 ARTLies. Betts was recently awarded an Individual Artist Grant by the Houston Art Alliance. Betts’ work has been featured in a group exhibition, Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum, in Stuttgart, Germany. His work was also shown at the Arlington Museum of Art, University of Dallas, John Michael Kohler Art Center, University of Texas, Trinity University, Salt Lake City Art Center, 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. 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.

Artist Website: williambetts.com

Born and raised in New York City, based in Miami FL, William Betts has exhibited throughout North America and his artwork has been in many publications including Volumes 60, 72 and 84 of New American Painting and the Winter 2010 ARTLies. Betts was recently awarded an Individual Artist Grant by the Houston Art Alliance. Betts’ work has been featured in a group exhibition, Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum, in Stuttgart, Germany. His work was also shown at the Arlington Museum of Art, University of Dallas, John Michael Kohler Art Center, University of Texas, Trinity University, Salt Lake City Art Center, 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. 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.

Residence: Miami, Florida

Education

1991  Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art – Cum Laude

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017     Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas
2017     Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
2016            Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2015            Geneation, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012            Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
2012            Robert McClain Gallery, Houston TX
2012            Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
2011            Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque NM
2010            Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2010            Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010            Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2010            Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
2009            Simpatia e Quiase Amor, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque NM
2008            Field of Vision, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC
2008            Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2008            Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007            Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2007            Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2007            Indelible, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery Vancouver, BC
2007            Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
2007            Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque NM
2006            Anne Reed Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2006            Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005            Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
2005            Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
2005            Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
2005            Gallery deSoto, Los Angeles, CA
2005            Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
2005            Thomas Werner Gallery, New York, NY
2004            Poissant O’Neil Gallery, Houston, TX                                   

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017     Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views, Heritage Museums & Gardens
Sandwich, MA
2015            Brave New World, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Praha, Czech Republic
2013            Margaret Thatcher Projects, Logical Expressions and Variations, New York, NY
2012            Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany
2011            Substainability, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
2010            This is Not a Photo Show, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX
2010            Appropriate Manipulate Duplicate, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
2009            Landscape Affected, University of Dallas, Haggerty Gallery, Irving TX
2008            Invisible Omniscience: Seeing and the Seen, Baltimore Art Place
2008            New American Talent 23, Arthouse Texas, Austin
2008            Group Show, Trinity University, San Antonio, Steven Lam, Curator
2008            Houston Area Show, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Claudia Schmukli, Curator
2008            Group Show, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
2008            Group Show, Spur Projects, Portola Valley, CA
2008           
Assistance League Celebrates Texas Art 2008. Dr. Kevin Salatino, LACMA Juror
2007            Collectors Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2007            Chill: Summer Group Show, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York
2007            Vertigo, Plus Gallery, Denver
2007            B & W, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2007            Texas Biennial, Austin, TX
2007            Fab Ab, Salt Lake City Art Center
2006            Watch it! Television’s Influence in Art. State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY
2006            Baroque Visions and Urban Verities: Seven Houston Painters, Blue Star, San Antonio, curated by Terrie Sultan and Chris French
2006            SUPERvision, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
2006            Texas Paint, Part Two: Abstraction, Arlington Museum of Art, curated by Anne Allen
2006            Biennial Southwest, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque NM, Dr. Neal Benezra, Director of the  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Juror and Curator
2006            OPENDraw, OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL
2006             Works on Paper National Competition, Long Beach, New Jersey, Juror: Carter Foster, Drawing Curator Whitney Museum of American Art
2006            5 Angles on Abstraction, Addison Arts, Santa Fe
2006            Ripped from the Pages, Gallery 125, CACHH, Houston, Texas
2006           Blurring the Line, University of Texas San Antonio, Julie Shipp Curator Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Houston, Jeffrey D. Grove, Curator of Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art Atlanta Juror
2005            New Texas Painting, Diverseworks, Houston
2005            Clothesline Exhibition, the Hospital, Covent Garden, London
2005            Three Landscape Painters
, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, Connecticut
2005            Incremental Disruption
, NAO Gallery, Boston
2005          20th Annual International Exhibition, University of Texas, Tyler, Texas
2005          Texas Biennial, Austin, Texas
2005          Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Houston, Texas,
2005          Dominic Molon, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Curator DPI:
2004          Competition, Kellogg University Art Gallery Cal Poly, Pomona, California
2004          The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston            

Awards and Honours

2011            New American Paintings Annual Prize
2010            Individual Artist Grant, Houton Arts Council
2008            Finalist, Hunting Art Prize
2008           
First Place, Assistance League Celebrates Texas Art 2008. Dr. Kevin
2008            Salatino, Curator of Drawings and Prints LACMA, Juror
2007            Finalist, Hunting Art Prize
2006            Best in Show, Biennial Southwest, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque NM, 2006          
2006            Third Place Prize, Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Jeffrey D. Grove, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art Atlanta Juror
2005             Individual Artist Grant, Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County
2005             Third Place Prize, Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Dominic Molon, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Juror and Curator

Bibliography

2016             The Creators Project, June 2016
2016             Politiken, Københagen, Photo Essay, March 28, 2016
2015             Kinetic, Art from Polsinelli Art Collection, Privately Published 2015
2014             Victoria Machmudov, Under övervakningsradarn, Konstperspektiv, Limhamm, Sweden
2014             Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum Stuttgar (Show Catalog)
2014             Just Not Yet: Dodging the Vaccum of Meaning, Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University (Show Catalog)
2013             Painted Landscapes, Lauren P. Della Monica, Schiffer Books. 2013
2011             Iris Mclister, WIlliam Betts Review: Terminal at Richard Levy Gallery, THE Magazine, 2011
2010            Douglas Britt, Confronting Beauty—And the Ugly Truth—In a Mirror, Houston Chronicle, November 7, 2010
2010            Laura Lark, Mirror Stages: William Betts and the Reflective Surface, October 2010
2010            Charissa Terranova, William Betts: Surveillance, ARTlies
2009            Manon Slome, The Aesthetics of Terror, Charta
2008            Sharon Brock, Looming threats spark art, Palo Alto Daily News, February 28, 2008
2008            Alan Artner, Chilling surveillance-camera images tap into fears, Chicago Tribune, January 18
2008            New American Paintings – Western Region Edition No. 72, Nick Capasso, juror
2007            Kelly Klaasmeyer, Retinal Redux, Houston Press, April 19, 2007
2007            Elaine Wolff, Reading Between the Pixels, San Antonio Current, March 13, 2007
2007            Visual Art Feature, Lungfull Magazine, Issue 16
2007            Nikki Moore, Bi-ology, Austin Chronicle, March 1
2007            Brian Staker, Abs, Tracked, Salt Lake City Weekly, April 18, 2007
2007            Texas Biennial 2007, Austin, Texas, Show Catalog
2007            Theresa Downing, SUPERvision, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire
2006            Margery Gordon, Art Basel Miami: Pulse Beats Sophomore Slump, ARTINFO.com, December 9
2006            Dan R. Goddard, Houston, in the eyes of the artists, San Antonio Express-News, December 3
2006            Nancy Salem, Biennial Southwest, Albuquerque Tribune, October 5, 2006
Biennial Southwest
, Albuquerque Museum, Show Catalog
2006            Bill Davenport: Ripped from the Pages at CACHH, Glasstire.com, May 15, 2006
2006            Bill Davenport: William Betts Makes Art and a Profit, Houston Chronicle, Sunday Zest Magazine, May 7
2006            Alan Artner, Review: William Betts at Peter Miller, Chicago Tribune, March 10, 2006
2006            Lauren Weinberg, William Betts at Peter Miller, Time Out Chicago, March 3, 2006
2006            Fred Camper, Slices of Light, Chicago Reader, March 3, 2006
2005            Kelly Klaasmeyer, Grab Bag: Diverseworks surveys Texas Painting, Houston Press, December
2005            Charissa N. Terranova, William Betts at Holly Johnson, ARTLIES 48, Fall 2005
2005            New American Painting, Volume 60
, Open Studios Press, 2005, Fereshteh
2005            Daftari, Assistant Curator, Museum of Modern Art, Juror
2005            Michael Paglia, Formal Ware, Westword Weekly, May 13, 2005
2005            D’Lynne Plummer, Destination Nao, South End News, April 2005
2005            Cate McQuaid, Incremental Disruption, The Boston Globe, April 15, 2005
2005            Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Brushed With Greatness, Austin American-Statesman, March 8, 2005
2005            Elaine Wolff, Digital-induced Angst and Sensory Overload, San Antonio Current, March 10, 2005
2005            J R Compton, The 2005 Texas Biennial: The Illusive 3rd Dimension, Dallas Arts Revue, March
2005            Tyler Green, ArtLA Faves, Artsjournal.com, February 2, 2005
2004            Kelly Klaasmeyer, Capsule Reviews, Houston Press, October 21, 2004
2004            Tim Moloney, The Line on William Betts, 002 Magazine, November 2004

Art Fairs

CONTEXT Miami Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, Florida December 2013
CONTEXT Miami Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, Florida December 2012
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Fransico, CA USA May 2011
TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON CANADA October 2010
PULSE NY Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY USA March 2008
LAAS Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA USA January 2008
ART MIAMI, Miami, FL USA December 2007
PULSE MIAMI, Miami, FL USA December 2007
PULSE NY Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY USA March 2007

Color Space Press Release


1070 Homer Street,
Vancouver, BC, V6B 2W9, Canada

T. 604.737.3969
E. info@kostuikgallery.com