Morgan Betz

Dutch-American, 1974

Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam, Berlin and Japan.

What Morgan Betz’s art makes clear is that a great deal of present-day art is irrelevant because it does not demonstrate its legitimacy. Every work of art must be able to answer the question of whether it is truly of any added value. Beauty in itself does not suffice. Betz’s paintings and objects are certainly not beautiful, in the classical sense of the word. He deliberately crashes off the track to find out whether anything new can be made from the ruins. He has a subtle gift for subversion, a talent that is sadly lacking from much contemporary art.

How does this subversion work? Betz is capable of drawing inspiration and influence from the maladjusted and tragicomic elements of our everyday lives. It takes courage to turn away from the customary practices of rationalization and conceptualisation in today’s visual culture.

How does it demonstrate its relevance? His work can be described as a reservoir of images, fragments, and quotations. The accumulation of all these layers enables Betz to redefine the material he has collected in terms of content. The process of making the work becomes an exercise in finding the right balance between directness, construction, and the tension of a planned outcome. Betz’s quest is for a closing equilibrium in which the image achieves tranquillity: the moment at which it needs nothing beyond itself in order to convince, and is no longer an illustration of ideas.

Morgan Betz, Flies on milk (Mask), 2017

Morgan Betz, Flies on milk (Mask), 2017

Block printing ink, block printing medium and acrylic on canvas 200 x 105 cm

Artworks

Breast moon sun cloud and green window, 2018

Breast moon sun cloud and green window, 2018

acrylic, spray paint, vinyl based window paint and cardboard on honeycomb cardboard
199 x 119.5 cm
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Plastic fly heart, 2018

Plastic fly heart, 2018

acrylic, spray paint, gouache, plastic fly and roofing felt on cardboard
112 x 88.5 cm
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Orange hippies, red lips, 2018

Orange hippies, red lips, 2018

silkscreen, canvas, spray paint, acrylic, gouache and poster on cardboard
93.5 x 65 cm
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Rainy fence, 2018

Rainy fence, 2018

acrylic, gouache, block printing ink and roofing felt on cardboard
120 x 79 cm
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Brick wall curtain sky and dummy guy, 2018

Brick wall curtain sky and dummy guy, 2018

latex paint, spray paint, block printing ink, lenticular 3d post card, roofing felt and cardboard on honeycomb cardboard
79.5 x 51 cm
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Untitled, 2016

Untitled, 2016

Collage, fabric, charcoal and block printing ink on paper
107.5 x 84.5 cm
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Morgan Betz, Flies on milk (Mask), 2017

Morgan Betz, Flies on milk (Mask), 2017

Block printing ink, block printing medium and acrylic on canvas 200 x 105 cm
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Morgan Betz, Flies on milk (Sun), 2017

Morgan Betz, Flies on milk (Sun), 2017

Block printing ink, block printing medium and acrylic on canvas 200 x 200 cm
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Morgan Betz, Flies on milk (Day), 2017

Morgan Betz, Flies on milk (Day), 2017

Block printing ink, block printing medium and acrylic on canvas 200 x 270 cm
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Morgan Betz, Flies on milk (Loop), 2018

Morgan Betz, Flies on milk (Loop), 2018

Block printing ink, block printing medium and acrylic on canvas 200 x 187 cm
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Morgan Betz, Thumbs Night, 2017

Morgan Betz, Thumbs Night, 2017

Acrylic, blockprint medium and block printing ink on roofing felt paper, mounted on cardboard 202 x 169 cm
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Morgan Betz, Hmptydptymf

Morgan Betz, Hmptydptymf

2016, lino printing ink on canvas, 195 x 195 cm
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Morgan Betz, Day

Morgan Betz, Day

2013, block printing ink on canvas, 170 x 130 cm
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Morgan Betz, Granny's Park

Morgan Betz, Granny's Park

2016, Lino paint on canvas, 220 x 274 (2 parts, 110 x 274 cm, each)
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Morgan Betz, Kabuki

Morgan Betz, Kabuki

2014-2015, acrylic paint and block printing ink on canvas, 190 x 246 cm
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Morgan Betz, Transformer

Morgan Betz, Transformer

2014, block printing ink on canvas, 182 x 174 cm
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Morgan Betz, Painter

Morgan Betz, Painter

2014, fluorescent vinyl paint, acrylic paint on jute, 60 x 50 cm
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Morgan Betz, Popcorn and Sakura

Morgan Betz, Popcorn and Sakura

2015, blockprint ink on canvas , 225,5 x 280 cm (2 parts, each 225,5 x 140 cm)
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Morgan Betz, Untitled

Morgan Betz, Untitled

acrylic paint, gouache and crayon on canvas, 2015, 40 x 50 cm
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Morgan Betz, Untitled (blue, black, green, blue)

Morgan Betz, Untitled (blue, black, green, blue)

2014, lino paint, oil paint, canvas spray paint on canvas, 185 x 150 cm
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Publications

Morgan Betz – Flies on Milk, Green Eggs & Ham, 2018

Morgan Betz – Flies on Milk, Green Eggs & Ham, 2018

Paperback, First Edition 2018
22 × 28 cm, 152 Pages
ISBN 978-3-906946-07-8
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Editions

Untitled, 2015

Untitled, 2015

silkscreen print
115 x 90 cm
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
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Untitled, 2015

Untitled, 2015

silkscreen print
115 x 90 cm
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
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