Karin Batten

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Biography

Born: Hamburg, Germany

Batten earned a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College, New York and a diploma in Fine Arts from St. Martins/Central School, London, England. Among the many grants which she received, are a Pollock-Krasner in painting, an Artists' Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in painting, from the New York Metropolitan Authority to provide a ceramic mural for the NY subway system and from the New York Council on the Arts to create a mural park in New York City. Batten has been showing her paintings at the June Kelly Gallery, New York for the last twelve years and in Zurich, by Galerie a-16. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Continental Insurance Company, Salomon Brothers Inc., Pfizer Inc., Reliance National and the Hotel Millenium in New York. Her teaching credit include Parsons School of Design, where she taught eleven years, New York City Community College, College of New Rochelle and Norwich University, Montpelier, Vermont. Visit her website at: www.karinbatten.com

Artist's Statement

In my paintings, I create visual worlds through memories of my childhood, and travels in the United States, Europe and Latin America, space technology, and aerial views of urban landscapes. I am inspired by bodies of water—the vast expanse of the ocean.

The paintings consist of different collage elements new and found, i.e. plastic, papers, digital images, and rubber, combined with acrylic, oilsticks, charcoal, and ink. Each painting unfolds by layering, burying, and rediscovering new forms that emerge. I compose spontaneously and freely create deep imaginary space. Abstract elements interplay with representation. The finished painting comprises of many overlapping shapes and reveals the traces of construction.

 

 

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