American artist Betty Woodman began making work with clay in 1950, and in the 70s established a second studio in Italy. Her work combines lacquered ceramic and painted canvas to make free- standing and wall-mounted three-dimensional works with a bright and inventive use of colour. The artist amply borrows stylistic and iconographic elements from a wide range of artistic traditions, keeping her focus on the Mediterranean region and Italy in particular.
Betty Woodman (b. 1930 in Norwalk, United States) has spent the past forty years living and working between Tuscany and New York. She has also recently presented solo exhibitions of her work at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2016); Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2015); Gardiner Museum, Toronto (2011); and the American Academy in Rome (2010). In Summer 2016 Woodman installed a fifty- foot-long bronze fountain in Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Biennial. Woodman was the subject of a retrospective organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2006 – the museum’s first for a living female artist.
Her works are featured in over fifty public collections worldwide including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.