A Love Letter by Bette Ridgeway

Bette Ridgeway

December 02 2022 – February 12 2023

Works Exhibited
NYB Gallery is honoured to present the world-award-winning American painter, Bette Ridgeway.
Celebrated for her large-scale, luminous poured canvases, Bette Ridgeway has devoted five decades to developing her unusual pouring technique; garnering international recognition in the process.

Born in Tupper Lake New York, she has travelled the globe, studying, painting, teaching and exhibiting her work, while simultaneously immersing herself in the customs and colours of the diverse cultures of Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia, Mexico and South America.

Her mentor Paul Jenkins (1923-2012), the acclaimed Abstract Expressionist, encouraged the artist in 1979 to work large, eliminate subject matter, and focus on colour, space and time. Ridgeway followed his advice and developed and refined her signature technique.

"Color is my subject and my muse," says Ridgeway.
Ridgeway is represented by numerous galleries and has been shown in over 80 gallery and museum exhibitions internationally.

Her recent awards include the 2022 Leonardo DaVinci International Prize, the Caravaggio International Prize 2022, the Michelangelo International Prize 2021, and ''Top 60 Contemporary Masters 201711 by Art Tour International Magazine In addition, she won the Oxford University Alumni Prize at the ''Art of the Mind'' exhibition at the Chianciano Art Museum in Tuscany. She has been published in noteworthy art journals and catalogues such as Artfolio 2022, the Monk Magazine, UK, Escape Art Review Special Edition, London, UK; Women's Essence: a concomitant juried exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennale, Italy; the inaugural edition of the London Art Biennale 2013, London, England, United Kingdom.

"Today we can consider the artist Bette Ridgeway as the one and only true heir of Paul Jenkins: her mentor and teacher. Ridgeway's painting is dynamic and rhythmic; like the most "enlightened" of contemporary composers, Bette traces on canvas what is her ideal score. There is a tacit harmony of color and movement which, through the elegance of the castings, leads the viewer to question the true meaning of art".
- Dr. Salvatore Russo, art critic, publisher and curator in Rome, Italy

Ridgeway currently lives and works in Santafe, New Mexico.

A LOVE LETTER BY BETTE RIDGEWAY will be shown from Dec 2nd to Feb 12th, 2023 at NYB Gallery