Jackie Battenfield


Artist Biography:

Jackie Battenfield is an artist known for her luminously colored paintings and prints of natural forces. Her works explore her fascination with the most abstract qualities of landscape--storms, clouds, branches of leaves, and water ripples. “My painting practice is to work with watery pigments, I pour sweep, brush, drip, and fling layers of paint like clouds scudding across the sky. I coax pools of paint into translucent veils of color. Anchoring these ephemeral elements are gestural tree limbs, horizontal watermarks, stripes, and blocks of color. In the prints, I have been working with handmade papers from Asia for twenty years. I relate my mark making to the array of expressive materials and textures imbedded in the paper, such as bamboo leaves, horsehair, and gold leaf, or the rippled edge of a handmade paper. Working with these materials, my experience is one of collaboration with an unknown paper maker on the other side of the world.” Jackie Battenfield was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1950, received her MFA in Visual Art from Syracuse University (1978) and a BS from Pennsylvania State University (1971). She currently lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For the last twenty years, Jackie has made a living from her art and is a popular motivational speaker on the challenges of sustaining a successful career in the visual arts. In 2009, a survey of her graphic works, Moments of Change, was presented at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond and in 2011, traveled to the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson Arizona. Galleries throughout the United States represent her work including: Addison-Ripley, Washington, D.C.; Addington Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver, Colorado; and DM Contemporary, New York. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award (1991) and the Warren Tanner Award (1996) and the Fulbright Scholars Program. Her work is represented in more than 500 collections worldwide including the New York Public Library, NY; The Zimmerli Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, NJ; Palmer Museum, University Park, PA; Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, VA; University Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; and the United States Embassy Collections, Brazil, Cambodia, Croatia, Jamaica, and Peru. “Jackie Battenfield’s lavishly beautiful compositions, which sometimes coalesce into luminous waterscapes or studies of tree limbs, and in other cases remain abstract, are all, in a sense, collaborations – not with other artists, but with the processes of nature and the properties of the materials she uses.” Nancy Princenthal, catalog essay, Moments of Change.

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