William Betts

William Betts

Born: New York, NY

Biography and Information

Biography
William Betts explores the possibilities of the digital age by using innovative techniques that include the use of proprietary software and a self-designed complex robotic system. This technology applies drops of paint to the canvas one color at a time – one drop at a time. Up close the images are lost in pointillist fields of color. From afar, the paintings become photographic images of leisure, showing anonymous people floating in sparking blue pools.

Education
1991 Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, Cum Laude, Tempe, AZ

Solo Exhibitions
2018
Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2017
4306 Contemporary, Miami, FL
Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX

2016
Splash, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

2015
Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2012 
Robert McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
Remote Sensing, Plus Ultra Gallery, Denver, CO
Inside Out, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas TX

2011 
Terminal, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2010 
Devin Borden Hiram Butler, Houston, TX 
Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

2009 
Simpatia é Quase Amor, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2008 
Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007 
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
View from the Panopticon, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 
Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX 
Kostuick Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2006 
Anne Reed Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005 
Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Gallery deSoto, Los Angeles, CA
Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
Plus Gallery, Denver, CO

2004 
Poissant Gallery, Houston, TX

Group Exhibitions
2019
to the moon and back, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Future Tense, Thatcher Projects, New York City, NY
CCTV Sociedades Vigiladas, Bienal de la Habana, Galaria Teodoro Ramos Blanco, Havana Cuba
Summer Group Show, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece

2018
Summer Salon Exhibit, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
Peers, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn New York

2017
Summer Salon Exhibit, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views, Heritage Museums & Gardens Sandwich, MA

2016
Brave New World, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Praha, Czech Republic

2014 
That’s Where You Need to Be, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2013 
Logical Expressions and Variations, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

2012 
Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany

2011 
white-hot, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
20 in 2011, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Sustainability, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

2010
Mechanistic: William Betts, Ron Laboray, Relja Penzic, Peter Miller Gallery Ltd., Chicago, IL 
This is not a photo show, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX
appropriate manipulate duplicate, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

2009 
Landscape Affected, University of Dallas, Haggerty Gallery, Irving, TX

2008 
Pixelated, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY
New American talent 23, Arthouse, Austin, TX
Re-Mix I & II, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Invisible Omniscience: Seeing and the Seen, Baltimore Art Place, Baltimore, MD
Group Show, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 
Houston Area Show, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX
Under Surveillance, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
Assistance League Celebrates Texas Art 2008, Dr. Salatino, LACMA juror, 
Houston, TX
The Sky is Falling, Spur Projects, Portolo Valley, CA

2007 
Collector’s Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Chill, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY 
Texas Biennial, Austin, TX
Vertigo, Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
Fab Ab, Salt Lake City Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Los Americanos, Arcaute Arte Contemporaneo, Monterrey, Mexico 
B & W, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX

2006 
New Houston Painting, Blue Star, San Antonio, TX
Texas Paint, Part Two: Abstraction, Arlington Museum of Art, TX
Biennial Southwest, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
OPENDraw, OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL
2006 Works on Paper National Competition, Long Beach, NJ 
Summer Group Show, Anne Reed Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
5 Angles on Abstraction, Addison Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Ripped from the Pages, Gallery 125, CACHH, Houston, TX
Red Dot, Blue Star, San Antonio, TX
Blurring the Line, University of Texas San Antonio, TX
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Houston, TX
Watch it! Television’s Influence in Art, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY

2005 
Gallery Artists, Addison Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Selections from New American Painting, Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
New Texas Painting, Diverseworks, Houston, TX
Clothesline Exhibition, the Hospital, Covent Garden, London 
Three Landscape Painters, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT
Summer Group Show, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
Incremental Disruption, NAO Gallery, Boston, MA
20th Annual International Exhibition, University of Texas, Tyler, TX
Texas Biennial, Austin, TX
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Houston, TX
DPI:2004 Competition, Kellogg University Art Gallery Cal Poly, Pomona, CA
Gensler Architects Rotating Artist Program, Houston, TX
Sizzle, Diverseworks, Houston, TX
The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
William Betts and Kay Nguyen, Poissant O’Neal Gallery, Houston, TX

Collections
Please contact the gallery for this information

Awards
2013 
1800 Tequila Essential Artist Project

2011
Finalist, Hunting Art Prize

2010 
Individual Artist Grant, New Works Fellowship Award, Houston Arts Alliance

2008 
Finalist, Hunting Art Prize
First Place, Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art,
Dr. Kevin Salatino, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Juror and Curator

2007 
Finalist, Hunting Art Prize

2006 
Best in Show, Biennial Southwest, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque NM, Neal Benezra, Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art juror
Third Place Prize, Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas
Art, Jeffrey D. Grove, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art Atlanta Juror 
Individual Artist Grant, Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County

2005 
Third Place Prize, Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Dominic Molon, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Juror and C

Press
2016
Giaco Furino, Have Some Surveillance Fun in the Sun with ‘SPLASH’, The Creators Project, June 21
Politiken, Københagen Photo Essay, March 28

2014
Margaret Wright, Painters Point the Way at Richard Levy Gallery, Adobe Airstream, August – September
Elisa McGovern, Galleries Get It Up: Be Here Now
, The Weekly Alibi, August 7-13
Mateo Coffman, That’s Where You Need to Be, Local IQ, July 22
Victoria Machmudov, Under övervakningsradarn, Konstperspektiv Magazine, cover

2013
PULSE of Contemporary American Artists, Americana Week, May 10
Skip Descant, A fine day for art at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, mydesert.com, February, 15

2012
Troy Schulze, Recognition, Front Row Interview, Houston Public Radio
Eleanor Perry-Smith, Connecting the Dots, Artist Profile-William Betts, Modern in Denver, Spring Issue
Gaile Robinson, William Betts’ industrial production methods make viewer part of the picture, dfw.com, March 1
May Selby,  Art Aspen People, The Aspen Times.com, August 18
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Spooky Machine-Made Paintings, Drawn From Surveillance Videos, FastCoDesign.com, August 27

2011
Iris McLister, William Betts: Terminal,
THE magazine, November
New American Paintings, West Competition #96, Juror: Cassandra Coblentz, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, October/November
Jessey Cherne, William Betts: Terminal,
Local IQ, October 13

2010
Kelly Klaasmeyer, William Betts: New Mirror Paintings,
Houston Press, Novembe
Douglas Britt, Confronting Beauty- and the Ugly Truth- In a Mirror, 29-95.com, November
Q&A: William Betts, New American Paintings Blog, October
Laura Lark,  Mirror Stages: William Betts and the Reflective Surface, October

2009
Charissa Terranova, William Betts: Surveillance, ARTlies.com

2008
Alan Artner, Chilling surveillance-camera images tap into fears, Chicago Tribune, January 18
Sharon Brock, Looming threats spark art, Palo Alto Daily News, February 28
New American Paintings – Western Region Edition No. 72, Nick Capasso, juror

2007
Kelly Klaasmeyer, Retinal Redux,
Houston Press, April 19
Rinchen Lhamo, William Betts: View from the Panopticon,
THE Magazine, May
Nikki Moore, Bi-ology,
Austin Chronicle, March 1
Nancy Salem, Chilling Exhibit at Richard Levy,
Albuquerque Tribune, May 11
Brian Staker, Abs, Tracked,
Salt Lake City Weekly, April 18
Texas Biennial 2007, Austin, TX, Show Catalog
Elaine Wolff, Reading Between the Pixels,
San Antonio Current, March 13

2006
Alan Artner, Review: William Betts at Peter Miller,
Chicago Tribune, March 10
Fred Camper, Slices of Light,
Chicago Reader, March 3
J R Compton, The 2005 Texas Biennial: The Illusive 3rd Dimension,
Dallas Arts Revue, March
Bill Davenport, Ripped from the Pages at CACHH, Glasstire.com, May 15
Bill Davenport, William Betts Makes Art and a Profit, Houston Chronicle, Sunday
Zest Magazine cover story, May 7

Margery Gordon, Pulse Beats Sophomore Slump,
ArtInfo, Dec 9
Lauren Weinberg, William Betts at Peter Miller,
Time Out Chicago, March 3

2005
Daftari Fereshteh,
New American Painting, Volume 60, Open Studios Press
Tyler Green, ArtLA Faves, Artsjournal.com, February 2
Kelly Klaasmeyer, Grab Bag: Diverse works surveys Texas Painting,
Houston Press, December
Cate McQuaid, Incremental Disruption,
The Boston Globe, April 15
Michael Paglia, Formal Ware,
Westword Weekly, May 13
D’Lynne Plummer, Destination Nao,
South End News, April
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Brushed With Greatness,
Austin American-Statesman, March
Charissa N.Terranova, William Betts at Holly Johnson,
ARTLIES 48, Fall
Elaine Wolff, Digital-induced Angst and Sensory Overload,
San Antonio Current, March

2004
Kelly Klaasmeyer, Capsule Reviews,
Houston Press, October 21
Tim Moloney, The Line on William Betts,
002 Magazine, November 


Press Release

2019 to the moon and back at Richard Levy Gallery

2014 That’s Where You Need To Be at Richard Levy Gallery

2011 20 in 2011 at Richard Levy Gallery

2011 Terminal  at Richard Levy Gallery

2009 Simpatia é Quase Amor at Richard Levy Gallery

2007 View from the Panopticon at Richard Levy Gallery