Betsy Weis (Painting)

Since the time I looked out the window from my childhood home at a sliver of the Pacific Ocean in the distance, nature has been an essential influence on me. Seductive, wild and beautiful, yet simultaneously unpredictable and risky, nature has been the enduring subject of my work.

As a child, I tried to avoid any kind of nature experience. Walking in the woods was hellish. I liked the city: concrete and traffic were familiar and comforting. But at night, from the window near my bed, the fragment of ocean appearing in the distance lulled me to sleep. Eventually, I learned I liked something more about nature while studying the paintings of Titian, Giorgione and Friedrich. Their idealized renderings of dreamy landscapes made me think, I want to go there.

In my paintings, I have refined an abstract language in which the luminous, textural, and plastic qualities of paint are used represent the natural world. Water and light are my primary references: depicted simultaneously from above and below, water reflects and absorbs the light which moves through the water’s layers of dark color into deep fluid space.

At various times, my work has been referred to as a fairy tale, a mystery, or an unexplained landscape, something that feels familiar, like a memory. As I work, I am remembering nature, seeing what I remember. Or, to paraphrase 20th Century composer Morton Feldman, We do not see what we see...only what we remember.

("We do not hear what we hear…only what we remember," Morton Feldman. From Morton Feldman, Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman, Edited by B. H. Friedman, Exact Change, 2000)

Paintings


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SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Rafius Fane Gallery, Boston, MA, Landscape is a Verb
2011 Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY
2007 Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont, New York
2004-05 Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI, THROUGH WATER - BETSY WEIS: A SURVEY
1997 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
1992 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, ACCESS

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2016 Arteles, Silence.Awareness.Existence, Haukijårvi, Finland
2005 Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Russell Janis, Brooklyn, NY, Potters and Printmakers
2016 Square Peg Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY Two Person Show with Andreea Waters
2014 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, In the Black
SPACEWOMb, New York, NY, Spring Art Market
2013 SPACEWOMb, Long Island City, NY, Adieu September
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, Soft Focus
SPACEWOMb, Long Island City, NY, Square
2012 OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY, Arcadia
2010 The Embankment Gallery, Jersey City, NY 365 Days of Print Mining Endangered Print Media
AGFA Project Space, White Plains, NY, Eastern Influence
2009 Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Nature/Nurture Betsy Weis and Hiroyo Kaneko
2008-09 Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont New York, Works on Paper
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, Group Show
2006 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, ELEMENTS
LiveBox Gallery at NOVA Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2005 New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY, Digital ’05: Exquisite, ASCI's 7th International Digital Print Exhibition
2004 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, Paintings
2003 The Painting Center, New York, NY, THE BIG ABSTRACT SHOW
2001 New York, NY, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (silent) ART AUCTION (also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)
2000 Gallery 402, New York, NY
The Art Club Gallery, New York, NY, OIA Y2K-aotic: Uncensored All-Media Salon Show
1999 Chittenden Falls Factory, Stuyvesant Falls, NY, IT STUCK IN MY MIND
1998 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY, TALENT 1998 (also 1997, 1996, 1995)
1997 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Gallery Group
1996 Reggio Gallery, New York, NY, Exhibition to Benefit New York Foundling Hospital
1995 Reggio Gallery, New York, NY, Spirit, Dream and Form
407 Greenwich Street, New York, NY, Semaphore: Placing the Mark, CATALOG
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA, NATURE RE(CONTAINED), CATALOG
1994 Gold Hills Gallery, Madrid, NM
Gallery 128, New York, NY, Exhibition Against Political Correctness
1993 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Holiday Group Show, Paperworks
Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY, Canapés, Corners and other Minor Constellations
Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery, Cobleskill, NY, National '93 Small Works Exhibition
1989 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, New York, NY

SPECIAL PROJECTS
2017 BERLINER LISTE 2017, Berlin, Germany
Epiphany Magazine Spring/Summer Issue Cover Art
2014 and 2012 Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, New York, NY, Guest Visual Artist
2011 Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Winter Soiree (also Autumn and Summer Soirees) at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, and Monadnock Music Festival, Peterborough, New Hampshire, Guest Visual Artist

EDUCATION
1989 New York University, New York, NY, M.A., Painting
1981 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, B.F.A., Textiles