Karin Batten

Artist Biography

Karin Batten is a New York based visual artist who's work is inspired by the terrains & cultures she has lived in. Always fascinated by art, her attraction to the natural is born from her experience growing up in post war Germany. Both her abstract and representational works seemingly elevate Earth's habitats through color, texture and design.

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 (CUNY), New York City. She is represented byJune Kelly Gallery in New York City. For the last three years she has been the director and curator of the Westbeth Gallery in NYC.

Batten has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Her work is included in many permanent collections, and has received grants for public art from the NYC MTA, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants and an Artists’ Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


I explore abstraction and representation and focus on the point of balance where the two worlds meet. The picture contains a representative image but leaves it on the cusp of perception. It hangs inside the abstract qualities of the paint and begins to fade as one looks at the picture. Deep textures and swirling brushstrokes overtake the image. Fluid motion and rigid lines collide where nature meets geometry. Scraping and layering acrylic paint I build up the canvas. I work spontaneously and intuitively improvising with color, space and form. I incorporate hand colored rice paper, digital images, charcoal, crayons and dyes. Pumice and black magma contrast with washes of watercolor. The varied techniques and materials I use create complex and poetic works.

Martica Sawin art historian and critic writes:

"Drawing on past experience with ceramics and metal sculpture and using many different materials, she works from above on the floor, building a single unified richly textured surface which has the tactile appeal of sculpture. This unorthodox approach lends a certain mystery to the outcome, yielding artworks that transcend specific category and reach for an implication of universality."


Karin Batten. New Paintings.

Friday, March 06, 2020 - Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Stop by and see my new show @June Kelly Gallery, NYC. During the quarantine, you can still see the show, by appointment only. The show will remain open until May 5th.

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