The study of geometry has taught Michael Beatty that the seemingly physical complexities and variations of nature are simply combinations of six basic forms and patterns, which include the sphere, the spiral, the polygon, and branching forms. These basic components become Beatty’s tools for creating his sculptural objects. When speaking of objects, Beatty says that “beyond mere functionality, they embody desire and memory.”
Beatty received a BFA from the University of Kansas and a MFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art. His public art commissions can be seen at the Fitzgerald School, Cambridge, MA, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Boston, MA, and Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA. Beatty’s work is in the collections of such institutions as Meditech Corporation, Canton, MA, Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA, Xerox Corporation, Stamford, CT, and Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA. The artist has also shown in both solo and group exhibitions at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, and Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, among others.