Gary Betts – Metamorphosis
Gary Betts is a contemporary British sculptor and a product of London’s provocative East End. During his early years at school, he discovered and cultivated his passion for ceramics and sculpture. His individual anatomical style was instantly recognised and encouraged therefore becoming a hallmark of his art. Today, Gary Betts exhibits internationally and his work is collected all over the world, from New York and London to Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
This exhibition will showcase some of the most enigmatic sculptures created by the artist. Audiences will be invited to reflect on the current human condition in the context of contemporary society and with particular emphasis on the individual. Each of Gary’s sculptures, through a system of symbolism, represents a vision of how humans grow and nurture their individual character, yet conceal and transform it as they engage with one another.
At the same time, the artist is able to represent and give form, with Kafka-esque allure, to the development and transformation of the subconscious level of human beings through a metamorphosis of their anatomical appearances. In fact, Gary’s work is inspired by and references myths and fairy tales which, historically, have always been allegories of the human condition and how people create, develop and transform their persona through human interactions. One might recall the ‘Metamorphoses’ of Ovid, a collection of myths and tales which can be translated in an attempt to define humanity’s battle in shaping its convoluted character and its intricate system of relationships. Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’ can also be linked to Gary’s work and his attempt in defining the ambiguous development of an individual at a subconscious level.
Another peculiar aspect of the artist’s symbolism is the use of masks. Most of the sculptural works created by Gary will resemble human figures with dramatic interventions of their anatomical composition, concealing their faces. Some are removable masks allowing the viewer to see and reveal the true identity of the character in a moment of theatrical catharsis.