In his first-ever solo exhibition held in Hong Kong, British artist Tim Betjeman presents works on glass, canvas and wood which meld visual and thought-worlds, combining precious and found materials with painterly lines to create disorientating surfaces, alternately rich and sparse.
Essentially an urban artist who notes his reaction to commonplace scenes with lively painting and bitey mark-making, Betjeman is keen on tackling peripheral elements from his surroundings, capturing the feel of the city in all its grit and glory. In mixing abstraction with reality, he creates spaces for the viewer to rest amongst his visual cacophony.
Rain or shine, light or shadowed, bored or ecstatic, familiar or strange, under Betjeman's vigorous, even reckless lines, contradictory scenes and feelings are explored and synthesized to invoke a shadowy alliance. When seen through a pane of glass the sketchy delineation of his cosmic musing evokes new moods, memories and emotions as color interplays with light and nature.
Born in New York City in 1982 and based in London since 2006, Betjeman graduated with a BA in Visual Art at the University of Chicago and a post-graduate diploma in Drawing from the Prince's Drawing School where he was awarded a full bursary for 2 years of study. His work is in the collections of HRH the Prince of Wales, Clare College, Cambridge University and various private collections. His recent shows include Blue Darling, George and Jorgen Gallery, London 2011, Debut, Edel Assanti Project Space, London 2010, and Metro-Land, Flora Fairbairn Projects, Oxfordshire, UK 2009.
Gallery closed between Feb 10- 14, 2013. Reopening on Feb 15, 2013