Santa Fe artist Bette Ridgeway creates epic masterwork for the new Boro Tower, Tysons, Virginia
Bette Ridgeway has just completed her largest and most significant work (to date!). The corporate commission from The Meridian Group/Rockefeller Group/Gensler Architects measures 15’ high x 21’ wide – a stunning, highly visible, “poured” painting on canvas. Throughout the four decades of her artistic career, Ridgeway’s artwork has been exhibited, collected, written about and lauded. Thus far, in 2018, she has enjoyed fourteen exhibitions and has been featured in fifteen global publications. Her work has always been, and continues to be, about seeking new frontiers – and this commission is in furtherance of that awareness. Pushing the boundaries of light, color and design, Ridgeway is best known for her large-scale, luminous poured canvas – a process that she terms “layering light.”
In February of 2018, Ridgeway was selected and given full artistic freedom to create the signature artwork for The Boro Building, located in the heart of The Boro, a premier, multi-phase development in Tysons Corner, Virginia. This vibrant, new live/work/play town concept is being co-developed by The Meridian Group and Rockefeller Group, with design by Gensler Architects. Art. At Work. in District of Columbia graciously presented Ridgeway for this project. The painting will be installed in the lobby upon completion of the building in January 2019.
For the past eight months, Ridgeway and her team of four assistants have been creating this masterwork, an engineering feat, which required constant innovation, research and development. The process of pouring on canvas is painstaking, in that each layer is poured separately. Ridgeway uses Golden Fluid paint and layers color over color to achieve a limpid suffused quality that resembles watercolor. The pouring process requires a complex set up. The large canvasses are suspended on supports of varying heights, then meticulously draped and formed for each individual pour.