Gary Betts creative life has been a constantly evolving process. He first discovered his talent for ceramics and sculpture at school, so a natural progression to art school seemed obvious. He studied design for print followed by medical illustration at Barking, Essex. His career path took him into graphic design, illustration, film storyboard art, art direction and creative direction, but he was always painting and sculpting. He now focuses solely on sculpture and has moved into bronze.
“The idea as well as the image is important to me. There is always a subtext lying behind the textures, patterns, and shapes, they convey my personal insights, often memories drawn from my childhood. My figures are sometimes described as enigmatic, but I like to think there is a gentle sensitivity about them, crying out to be heard.”
Betts lives in West London and works on a barge on the Thames.
Professional memberships: Royal British Society of Sculptors & Society of Designer Craftsmen.