Artist Spotlight – Betty Gold: Velas Sculpture Series


Betty Gold is a sculptor and painter based in Venice, California and Sante Fe, New Mexico. Gold was born in Austin, Texas in 1935 and continues to actively create paintings and and sculpture. Although Gold has traveled and worked in many different parts of the world, there is one location in particular that has had a significant influence on her creations: Mallorca, Spain.

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“Velas II”, Mallorca, Spain

In 2010, Gold’s sculpture series titled ‘Velas De Mar’ premiered at the Museu Ca’n Prunera. The series contained sculptures with a variety of different sizes along with photography and a short film. The inspiration for the Velas series was fueled by the movement of sailboats on the Mediterranean Sea around the port of Palma de Mallorca near her residence. The Government of the Balearic Islands commissioned ‘Velas II’ to be built as part of their highway beautification project. It stands twenty-six feet tall (eight meters) at a major interchange on the island of Mallorca (see image above).

The geometric construct of Gold’s creations have been displayed throughout North America, Europe, Asia and beyond, whether it be at the edge of a highway or alongside works by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro at the Estación del Ferrocarril de Sóller, in Sóller, Mallorca or at Casa Pomar Flores.


In 2005, Gold was given a thirty-five year Retrospective, hosted by the City of Palma de Mallorca, at the centuries old Casal Solleric in the downtown’s historic district.

A full-length documentary titled “A Year with Betty Gold” debuted at The Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival in November 2017.

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