William Betts

MANHATTAN BEACH
2011
acrylic on canvas
42 x 72 x 1 1/2 inches

For a number of years, William Betts has been investigating and creating image-making technology. Photography – the great image-generating technology of the Modern era – is his subject. In this work, a casual beach scene is broken into thousands of color units reminiscent of pixels or Benday dots (made famous by Roy Lichtenstein), though the effect is a kind of contemporary take on Pointillism, rendered through a technique created by the artist. Betts is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the New American Paintings Award (2011), and has shown at venues in Dallas, Houston, New York, Chicago, and Vancouver.

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courtesy of the artist and holly johnson gallery, dallas
gallery website: www.hollyjohnsongallery.com, www.williambetts.com