“My paintings are a spontaneous occurrence, born of experience, but maturing reflexively in the process of creation. My technique is controlled improvisation. Gravity is my medium.
Images are caught with intent”.
It is best explained in this film “In Motion”..Photo: Jo Ellen Thompson
In January 2023 Ridgeway received the distinguished Leonardo DaVinci International prize. Other awards include: 2022 Caravaggio Prize, Top 60 International Contemporary Masters by Art Tour International Magazine and the Oxford University Alumnae Award at Chianciano Museum in Florence, Italy.
Selected Collections: The Mayo Clinic, Federal Reserve Bank and the John Deere Corporate Collections are amongst Ridgeway’s many permanent public placements. Numerous books and publications have featured her work, such as: Art Folio 2020, International Contemporary Masters, LandEscape Art Review UK and 100 Southwest Contemporary Masters.
Exhibitions: Global exhibitions in 85+ museums, universities and galleries, including: Palais Royale, Paris, Embassy of Madagascar , DC and the inaugural London Art Biennale.
Recent Press & Publications: Dwell Time Press, Apero Magazine (cover and feature), ARTERY NYC Magazine, the High End Magazine, Monk Magazine, UK, ArtFolio 202, Albuquerque Journal (feature article), Periferal ARTeries Magazine, UK.
and gold on canvas 48 x 58 inches
Flames of Passion” AcrylicAcrylic on canvas 56 x 78 inches “Rockets of Desire” acrylic on linen 60x 50 inches (framed)
canvas 66 x 50 inches“ Spring Light III” acrylic with
with on canvas 68 x 90 inches
acrylic with bronze and
”and gold on canvas 50 x 90 inches “A Great Day for Skiing” acrylic with gold on canvas 62 x 50 inches
“A Great Day for a Balloon Ride
A Great Day for Rock Climbing”” acrylic on canvas 54 x 42 inches “ Duality” acrylic on canvas 48 x 56 inches “LA Lights” acrylic stain on canvas 50 x 72 inches “Chasing Moonbeams” acrylic with bronze on canvas 66 x 48 inches
78 x 48 inches
Time Keeps on Spinning“ acrylic with gold on canvas“Divine Intervention” acrylic on canvas 44 x 60 inches
“A Day in the Jungle” acrylic on canvas 60 x 44 inches“Passing in the Night” acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 inches
“In the Beginning” acrylic on linen 48 x 40 inches“On Beyond Blue” acrylic stain
stain on linen 66 x 128 inches“You Give Me Fever” acrylic on canvas 54 x 38 inches
“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 and curator in Rome, Italy. (excerpt from a critical review )