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.

Photo of Betsy Weis (Photography)

Earth


Snow


Water


Waterlilies


Resume

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

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

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 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

EDUCATION

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

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