Betty Van der Voort's new series of paintings first appear to be executed in a Modernist manner. Yet when viewed more closely, we notice a subversion of this paradigm; the canvas has an aged surface and texture, contradicting the industrial nature of Modernism.
Betty's paintings are clean and disciplined in one sense, but her organic brushstrokes and the way she applies the paint onto the canvas is free and natural, adding an aesthetic imperfection to the paintings.
Born in Belgium in 1952, Elizabeth Van der Voort studied art at the H Graf Institute in Belgium and the St Lucas Institute in Antwerp. Her discovery by Stephanie Hoppen and inclusion in Hoppen's book “Picture Perfect” launched Betty's career both in the UK and USA. She is rapidly gaining a reputation for her transitional pictures.