Betsy Weis (Photography)

 Nature provides the perfect model of beauty, according to Plato and Socrates. In the classical period, something was considered beautiful because it existed in nature; art was secondary. In the 18th Century, the German philosopher Johann Joachim Winckelmann argued against the idea that art imitates life, believing that qualities superior to nature are found in art, specifically, ideal beauty, and “brain-born images”. Neoclassical thought represented that art need not serve any end other than its own existence. For me, beauty is an ideal, nature is real, and art comes from the brain.

I take pictures in nature, finding shifting, disparate, and beautiful landscapes. I develop my pictures of trees, dirt, grass, snow, rain, sun, and sky, using a subtle palette of grays and blacks. Notably, there are no traces of people or any other living creatures, and I do not use vivid color. I consider history, geography, ambiguity, and other less tangible features of a psychological and emotional nature essential elements in these pictures. The beauty inherent in nature is sometimes obvious and superficial, and often taken for granted. I want to keep the viewer engaged past the surface, beyond what is simply beautiful, and impart a deeper experience of nature in the 21st Century. 

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Land and Sea, 2010

Sun and Clouds, 2010

Sea, 2010

Shadowpond, 2006

Reservoir, 2005

Light Rain Shadow, 2010

Canal, 2005

Blue Sea, 2010

Blue Pondwater, 2004

Cliff, 2010




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



2016               Arteles, Silence.Awareness.Existence, Haukijårvi, Finland

2005               Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI



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)

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



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 Artist

2011               Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Winter Soiree (also Autumn and Summer Soirees) at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, Guest Artist

Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Monadnock Music Festival, Peterborough, New Hampshire, Guest Artist



1989               New York University, New York, NY, M.A., Painting


1981               California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, B.F.A., Textiles

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