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. Batten has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In New York City 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. She was one of the artists directly affected by the World Trade Center attack. Her studio was on the 91st floor of Tower One. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Councils’ Studioscape sponsored the program.
Each of my paintings tell a story, a continuous life long poem. The paintings explore the depth of my feelings. Painting is intuitive; I improvise and play on canvas creating abstract forms. Collage materials follow suit until I am guided by the work itself, bringing the paintings to life. My inspiration originates from my social and cultural upbringing, the universe, and my love for the sea and its environment. I incorporate enhanced photos from my international travels with hand colored rice paper, silk, velvet, and felt to add depth and texture.
b. 1947, Hamburg, Germany
Lives and works in New York, NY