Gary Betts

Gary Betts is a product of London’s East End, growing up in a tough working class environment as far from art as possible.

Turning his back on the expected path of East End working life, Betts enrolled at art school, where his individual anatomical style was instantly recognised and encouraged by an enthusiastic and supportive tutor.

Betts was involved in the commercial world in a creative capacity, but after 25 years, he decided it was time to get back to his real passion and focus his creative energies in a more personal and fulfilling way through his sculpture.

His figurative work is often described as enigmatic and perhaps a clue to this is his past. His father walked out when he was just 4 years old, so he moved to a council estate bordering Epping Forest. It was here he found sanctuary playing and hiding in the woods. The forest held many magical moments for him which are very evidently the inspiration for much of his latest work.

Gary lives and has a studio in West London.