Hailing from Moncton, Jared Betts’ expressionist, gestural paintings provide an immersive sensory experience. His work is included in numerous corporate and private collections in North America, Europe, China, Australia and even Iceland. He has exhibited in over 100 group and solo shows in cultural hotspots such as Paris, London and New York.
Using visual cues as a means of stimulating metaphysical sensation, Betts confides that his paintings “inhabit the space where consciousness descends into dream… I seek to examine this dream-like suppression of recognizable imagery and capture the visceral sensation that bubbles up from underneath.”
The Lost City
Recording life in Canada’s oldest city through more than a thousand images, photographer Ian MacEachern witnessed the profound transformation of Saint John NB as it was buffeted by the forces of modernization during the 1960s. These photographs display extraordinary power in their honest depictions of fleeting moments and illustrate a certain raw humanity.
For a new large-format book, “The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John”, architectural and social historian John Leroux has selected 75 black-and-white photographs drawn from MacEachern’s exceptional archive and has written an accompanying essay that examines the effect of urban renewal on civic architecture, historic neighbourhoods and community structure. There may be lessons to be learned here.