The expressive handling of the polished bronze Woman, Lamb's Head is quite remarkable; in common with all of Gary's work, the modelling is powerful and tactile. Dark strands of wool appear to twine up the woman's feet and a separate mask - in the form of a lamb's head with similarly textured ears - can be placed over the woman's already semi-masked head. The meaning is for the viewer to decide, but the symbolism associated with sheep and lambs is deep-seated in many cultures.
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: Polished bronze, suitable for indoors
Dimensions (figure alone, approx.): H:57cm, with lamb's head on 60cm, W: 39cm, D:30cm
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