Local poet/artist Joseph Betty’s latest solo exhibition, She was Founded Upon the Sea, is scheduled to open at the Westin, on Monday, 12 June at 6.30pm.
Inspired by Cayman’s sparkling Caribbean Sea and the artist’s fictitious character Sea She, according to Mr. Betty the exhibition promises to be colourful and humorous.
Commenting on the exhibition, he said: ‘It is a tribute to our flag, to island and to sea life.’
Mixing surrealism with still-life and influenced by such artists as Picasso and Salvador Dali the exhibition includes 18 artworks in a mixture of oil and acrylics on canvas.
Mr. Betty, a self-taught artist and mentored by local artist April Bending, explained that the character Sea She evolved from the horizon of the Cayman sea line. Using that one line, the fictitious character took on her own form as a tourist and local, making political and humorous gestures about island life.
‘Sea She is one of the most brilliant characters that has come from my imagination,’ the artist said in a press release. ‘I saw her as a goddess, a beautiful mortal with a lot of attitude. I have really enjoyed painting her.’
The poet/artist, who originally hails from Jamaica has been working as a professional artist for the past four years. He has worked as a goldsmith and metal artisan and is also a published poet.
Mr. Betty has exhibited at a number of group exhibitions including the Cayman Islands National Gallery, Art at Governors, Cay Fest and Art in the Park. She was Founded Upon the Sea will be the poet/artist’s first solo exhibition.
Mr. Betty’s artwork hangs in both private and public collections and can be seen at Pure Art Gallery, South Sound, and Kennedy Gallery, Seven Mile Beach.
All are invited to attend the exhibition opening. Complimentary drinks will be served. Contact the artist on 939-5527 or visit www.jbetty.com for further information. All artwork will be for sale.