Through his three solo exhibitions with Plus Gallery and a network of leading art dealers in diverse markets throughout the North American continent, William Betts has become one of the most successful and compelling artists of the last decade, gaining a following that includes a wide-range of serious collectors as well as curators of contemporary art. His use of technology in painting is as astute as it is distinct, his practice merging a wide variety of historically relevant themes with continual societal shifts that touch everyone’s lives. Time has only pronounced his merits, grounding his practice and propelling Betts forward into a category that is singular throughout contemporary art in the world today.
Betts last solo exhibition with Plus Gallery in 2012 – “Remote Sensing” – came at a watershed moment in the artist’s career. Though he had received numerous regional accolades and awards in recent years, his constant presence in New American Paintings since his emergence in 2004 led to that publication awarding the artist their Annual Prize for a distinguished painter in January of 2012, by a distinguished jury consisting of Bill Arning, Director, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, James Rondeau, Curator and Chair of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Peter Boswell, Senior Curator, Miami Art Museum. Later that summer Betts saw his first inclusion in a major international musuem exhibition, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart’s major exhibition “Tracing the Grid,” in a group that included some of the most prestigious contemporary artists in
the world today. Modern In Denver gave him his first muli-page profile that same year, divulging some of the inner-workings of his studio practice. His trajectory as one of the most exciting artists to collect and to follow in the world today continues through the artist’s adherence to ingenuity and the historic relevance of contemporary art.