Jared has taken part in several artist residencies, from the land of fire and ice in Iceland, a castle in Ireland to spending half a year in the jungles of Costa Rica resulting in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Costa Rica.
Most recently, he gave an artist talk at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, completed a 100 foot mural in Halifax sponsored by Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery and exhibited at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Upcoming residencies include an invitation by the James Baird Gallery to a fully funded one month residency in Pouch Cove and will be taking part in a two month Artist Residency in Taipei, Taiwan at the end of the year. Jared works out of a studio in Aberdeen Cultural Center in downtown Moncton, New Brunswick. For more information, follow Jared Betts on Instagram @jaredbetts.
My use of ethereal gesture and expressionist forms has since set the tone for my highly charged prismatic color field paintings. I aim to rethink the very parameters of contemporary painting, and my work touches on many pertinent and pressing concerns around the practice of chromatic mark making, and how these relate to artistic ideals in the 21st century. My martyristic paintings inhabit the space where consciousness descends into dream; where pattern and color expand to become an immersive sensory experience. In this celestial space, I seek to examine this dream-like suppression of recognizable imagery and capture the visceral sensations with the sublime nature of drips and the colorfield. Multiple layers of tension – between the duality of conscious and subconscious surrealist automatism, flat surface and illusory depth – propel my Aquarian desire to use visual cues as a means of stimulating ascending metaphysical sensation.
Cy Twombly combined elements of calligraphy and graffiti as well as abstract expressionism, with reference to Antiquity and the Italian Renaissance. Abstract Expressionists (Mitchell, DeKooning, Rothko, and Pollock) were not always well received by the public or critics. Drip painters have always been the punk rock outcasts of the art world, breaking free of the traditions of what a painting should or should not be. Rules are meant to be broken and that is how revolutionary thought and freedom begins. Abstract expressionists have always been important to me because they were known for reacting to the atrociousness of war in the 50s in a creative beautiful way that inspired + challenged people in a new thought provoking way. This was a refreshing power shift from useless zombification bombardment of propaganda and consumerism. I am currently challenging contemporary painting on a national and international level.