In a striking patina that is stronger than the more conventional verdigris patination on copper or brass, Gary has given his Blue Figure with Orb a finish as brilliant as copper sulphate. Where the angles of his almost cubist modelling create a linear edge, he has torched off the patina to reveal the shiny bronze beneath. The effect is dynamic and eye-catching. As with much of Gary’s work, the message behind the sculpture is compellingly arcane.
In a Dutch barge moored on the Thames, the sculptor Gary Betts searches by sculpting for the ‘perfect imperfection of his earth-born, oven-backed offspring’. The result is extraordinarily varied body of work that is unique, enigmatic and often unsettling, but his sculpture is united by a sensitivity of handling and vision that speaks of humanity. For him, the subtext is as relevant as the work itself.
Born in the East End of London he came from, in his words, a tough background that was as far removed from high art as it is possible to imagine. He ‘drew his way through the national curriculum’ and enrolled at art school where enlightened tutors immediately recognized his extraordinary facility with human anatomy.
Gary is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and exhibits extensively both here and abroad.
More of this talented sculptor's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Materials: Patinated bronze and resin, suitable for indoors
Dimensions (figure alone, approx.): H:56cm, W: 20cm, D:34cm
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