Bettoni's latest body of photographic images are an extension of his ongoing series Tokyo Lights. His fascination with contemporary urban Japanese life is manifested here through fine prints/light-boxes of striking illuminated signs isolated from their original setting of speeding Tokyo taxis.
Bettoni obtained each image with not inconsiderable agility and fearlessness, as traffic raced by in the city streets of Tokyo. But in each image, all movement is stilled and absent, with intense colour and light in freeze frame against the black of night.
Marco Bettoni's work becomes a beautiful example of the way we can discover traces of local culture in features of globalised culture, enriched by the artist from a certain sense of wonder in something taken for granted by locals. We may see this as the mysterious workings of what is often mistakenly dismissed as exoticism, but which is in fact a universal phenomenon, an inevitable component of the renewal of perception....Read more
Guy Brett, Art Critic, Curator, Lecturer and Writer, London
Bettoni, a Camberwell MA graduate, has exhibited in renowned galleries around the world. His work is featured in numerous public and private collections including Virgin Atlantic, Matrix Chambers in London, Fondazione Teseco, Italy and Kruishoutem Museum, Belgium. Marco's recognition in London continues to grow, recently selling work from the Toyko Nocturne collection at The London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy. He currently lives and works in London.