About the Artist

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.

2011 Spectrum of Brightness, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2011 Cathartic Art: Remembering September 11th, West Baton Rouge Museum, Port Allen, LA
2010 Together, Napa Art Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2006 My New World, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2003 Manhattan, Show Walls, The Durst Organizarion, New York
2002 View from WTC, Corridor Gallery, Pfizer Inc., New York
2000 Karin Batten New York From Above, The Lobby Gallery, The Durst Organizarion, New York
1999 Inside the Sea, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1996 Karin Batten: Paintings, 850 Third Avenue Lobby Gallery, New York
1995 New Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York, catalogue
1994 Paintings by Karin Batten, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, catalogue
Karin Batten, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, New York
1993 Karin Batten (USA) Bilder, X-TRA, Zürich
1992 New Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Karin Batten New York, Galerie a16, Zürich
1991 Drawings, Galerie 20 Fine Arts, Paris
1990 New Paintings, essay by Margaret Sheffield, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1988 New Paintings: Karin Batten & Stan Brodsky, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1984 Karin Batten, 1984 Gallery, Lansing, Michigan
Unholy Alliance, Caldwell College, New Jersey
Contamination, Partisan Gallery, Toronto,
1982 Atombilder aus Disneyland, Galerie 70, Berlin
1981 Contamination, Gallery 1199, New York
1979 New Works, 22 Wooster Gallery, New York

2012 Celebrating 25 Years, June Kelly Gallery, NY
2011 9-11 Memorial Exhibit: Crises and Reaction, Freyberger Gallery Penn State Berks, Reading, PA
2011/2012 MIC: CHECK, 2012; It’s All Good!! Apocalypse Now, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
A Diverse Look at Urban Life, Rubenstein Gallery, NY
2010 It’s A Wonderful 10th, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007/2008 Small Works, 80 Washington Square East Gallerries, NY
2007 Remembering Ruth:25 Years of Giving (Ruth Chenven Foundation), NoHo Gallery, NY
2006 Its About Real Estate, Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York
2005 Change I, Federico Secondo Galleria, Bari, Italy
2002 Karin Batten Paintings, online virtual exhibition, postpicasso.com
Re-Imagining New York, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
2001 The New York City Skyline, Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York
1999 Summer Tides, Nabi Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York
1997 Dialogue Est/Ouest, Centre d’Art du Puy Guérin, Vayolles, France; catalogue
1996 Promenade Art Show, BACA/The Brooklyn Arts Council, New York
1995 Visual Evidence, presented by Art Initiatives The New York Law School
1994 Sensual Landscapes, The Shirley Fiterman Gallery, BMC, City University of New York
1993 7th Annual Women in the Visual Arts Exhibition, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
1993 New Works, Fine Art Gallery of Southwest Louisiana, Lake Charles, LA
1991 The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA
1988 New York City: Works by 21 Artists, One Penn Plaza, New York
1988 The Changing Face of Soho, Arts for Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NY
1987 Exit Art, New York,1986
The La Lucha Murals, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York
1985 Arresting Images, 10 on 8, New York
La Lucha Continue, La Plaza Cultural, New York
1984 Faculty Show, Parsons Exhibition Center, New York
Abstractions, The First Women’s Bank, New York
Adieu 84-Variierte Phantasmen, Deplanakunsthalle, Berlin
1983 New Beginnings, The Pentonville Gallery, London, catalogue
Terminal New York, US Army Terminal Brooklyn, New York
1982 Ben Shahn Gallery, Wayne New Jersey
1979/1981 Faculty Show, Parsons Exhibition Center, New York
National Drawing ‘79, Holman Art Gallery, Trenton State College, NJ