Gary Betts MRSS
I was born in 1957, in London's East End and then moved out towards Epping Forest as a child. I turned my back on the expected path of East End working life, and enrolled at art school instead, where an incredibly supportive tutor instantly recognised my individual anatomical style and encouraged me to specialise in sculpture. I have been exploring and developing my figurative art ever since. The idea as well as the image is important to me. There is always a subtext lying behind the textures, patterns, and shapes, they convey my personal insights, often memories drawn from my childhood. My figures are sometimes described as enigmatic, but I like to think there is a gentle sensitivity about them, crying out to be heard.