Jared Betts - New Brunswick provincial mural commission. Photo by Hannah Jones

Creative Minds with Jared Betts

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Creative Minds

Jared Betts’s expressionist, gestural paintings provide an immersive sensory experience. Jared is from Moncton, New Brunswick and holds a BFA from NSCAD University. He has exhibited in over 100 group and solo exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo, London, New York City, Germany, Costa Rica and Iceland, as well as Canada.

Artist residencies have been a huge part of Jared’s creation along with the adventures that inspire the works. He will be showing slides as he talks about his art education at NSCAD and artist residency experiences. In 2010, he was an artist-in-residence at NES Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland, surrounded by the ocean, green lush mountains and moonlike landscapes with the wildest most powerful waterfalls that breathed inspiration and creativity into his work. In 2011, he did two Costa Rican residencies in the rainforest surrounded by eight-foot snakes, a baby praying mantis that lived on a flower next to his door, earthquakes, sloths, butterflies going in and out of his studio, six-foot iguanas on the roof, and even an occasional gecko hatching on his bedside table, all of which resulted in a two-month exhibition at the National Gallery of Costa Rica in a pink castle. Jared will also talk about his experience in Tokyo a few years ago where he got to see his dream city with all of the sushi and neon lights one could ever need.

Jared is the recipient of an Arts Nova Scotia grant and nine Arts NB grants. He currently works out of his studio in Aberdeen Cultural Center in Moncton.