Artist member since 2019
Artist Désiré Betty has long explored the spiritual serenity that manifests itself through her artistic expression she calls ‘Perpetual Freedom Art’.
The characters she paints are mostly women or seemingly androgynous figures along with complimentary abstract pieces that represent their creative realms. Her inspiration for each piece is driven by her fascination with the power of aesthetics. Her characters represent a portrayal of revitalized appreciation for inner strength and conviction by way of shedding the facade that several inherently assume in order to meet the societal status quo. These characters are intriguing and possess a certain je ne sais quoi [in French, it literally means, “I don’t know what”], as they do not seek validation from the external world. This collection of work reflects interests focused on elegance, fluidity, exaggerated proportions, dignified characters and creative environments. Her aim is to draw awareness to the perpetual interplay of ego, psyche and soul.
Favourite musical artist / band right now
I love all genres of music from classical, rock, hiphop, etc. Recent new band I stumbled upon that I'm liking is Greta Van Fleet.
What do you listen to when you work?
podcasts, music, silence...
Why is art important to you?
I practice freedom of expression and follow my intuition. It's an exploration of self ...
How long have you been creating art?
I've been creative for as long as I can remember - it's an inherent quality of mine.
When did you start making art, and why?
As a child I was always drawn to the creative aspect of life and I still don't see it any other way.
The Freedom Factory, Toronto, Ontario
BEYOND THE VEIL - Solo Art Show - (Sept 26-Oct 2, 2019)
A la Carte Exhibition, Legislative Building of Ontario, Toronto (on display for a year in the In Camera Dining Room)
Select Past Exhibitions
Several Solo/Group Shows in the GTA
Queen Mother Cafe, Toronto, ON
Mother Earth - Solo Art Show
Globe & Mail
When Women Brandish Spray Paint
Globe & Mail
A look at Toronto’s murals and the messages behind them
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