Park Night is the latest limited series of oil paintings by Tom Betts. Each is 18 x 24 inches of oil hand painted on wood panel. Work on these paintings began in earnest in 2019 in Southern California. Originally, these artworks were meant to be quick reference challenges with thick impasto application. Slowly, they evolved into hyperreal, subtle relief, multi-layer paintings meant to harness the impact of those hard-fought cherished moments of contemporary American culture resting within the hope of its “happiest place on Earth.” Plucked delicately from their contextual environment, three plush graphic icons are lifted into the light of memory as tactile, synthesized concepts of a refined, graceful, and youthful snapshot of early 2020s Americana.
Park Night paintings are currently on view at Plus One Gallery, London.