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CONCRETE JUNGLE by BETTY MOLYNEUX

Venue: Burbidge Gallery, Belgrade Theatre
Date: Sat 23rd April - Sat 30th April
Time: 10am - 5.30pm

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Betty’s work is best described as elemental, ethereal, everyday art.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Betty is a British born artist and nurse who works with a mix of mediums. After completing her Fine Art degree in 2003, Betty worked at the 50th Venice Bienniale. Art became Betty’s own therapy when she answered her calling to be a nurse. Betty painted her way through the pandemic, taking particular comfort in depicting the familiar landscapes from her journeys home after night shifts. She was proud to exhibit these paintings as part of Covert Art’s debut exhibition last year. Betty was also privileged to display two paintings in the windows of the Xcel Centre for Artspace’s Artist on Your Street programme in 2021.

Betty’s work is best described as elemental, ethereal, everyday art. It has also been described as romantic, domestic and like a nostalgia for a lost past. Betty wishes for her work to promote reminiscence and conversation and to tell a story and perhaps encourage those who may not usually go to a gallery to visit one.

This body of work, entitled ‘Concrete Jungle’ was initiated on a 4 am break during the first peek of the pandemic while she was on nights in ITU. the first time out of PPE for a number of hours. She heard animal noises and realised the town was so still and quiet in lockdown that she could hear the peacocks cawing from Warwick Castle. Nature was reclaiming it’s precious land. Occasionally amongst the sadness of the news we heard of sheep taking over Llandudno, deer all over the Norton Canes and more locally a majestic Heron on the ring road.

These tonal paintings are a nod to survivorship, to strength, to rising and reclaiming, to climate change, to nature, to identify and to loving our city and its landmarks.

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