I improvise with color, texture and shape. In the last 3 years I have been informed by my travels to southern Spain and India. They are magical worlds of color, light and shade. Light illuminates and captures the exotic atmosphere and textures of the land and sea in my paintings.
The many different materials I use in my paintings create complex and poetic works layered with meaning of open seas and land. I incorporate enhanced photos with hand colored rice paper, silk, velvet and felt to add depth and texture. Soil and black magna contrast with washes of acrylic and water-soluble crayons. I play organic shapes against geometric patterns, circles and diagonals with charcoal, graphite, colored pencils and dyes. Some forms are scraped and layered while others are fully present. I work spontaneously and intuitively.
You can see more of my work at, karinbatten.com
Karin Batten was born in Hamburg, Germany and studied painting and sculpture at Central Saint Martins College, London and received her MFA from Hunter College, New York City. Batten has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In NYC the June Kelly Gallery represents her. Her work is included in permanent collections as the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, NY; Pfizer, Inc.; the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Davidson College, Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson, NC, and the Hotel Millenium, NY. Batten has received grants for public art from the New York City Metropolitan Transit authority and the New York State Council on the Arts. Recently she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Grant and an Artists’ Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. My residencies include Yaddo, New York; The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Ill, and Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar Spain.