Brian Batt

Brian Batt

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  Artist: Brian Batt
 Live in: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Brian Batt Artist Bio:

Brian Batt's paintings are startlingly, unbelievably, unnervingly real. His striking portraits often leave the viewer astounded, basking in the works baffling accuracy, subtle expressiveness and the eerily arrested vitality that stares back. Whether working in photorealism or pointillism, Brian combines aspects of classic portraiture with pop cultural iconography. Upon entering his studio, the observer automatically becomes the observed, the recipient of a unanimous, blazingly brilliant gaze. The onlookers are poised on canvas. In 2011 after his work appeared in a Chelsea show that featured masters and celebs like Chuck Close, Alex Katz and Yoko Ono, Batt's work started garnering serious attention. His paintings have landed on the walls of John Krasinski and Reese Witherspoon and his work is regularly commissioned for important galas and charity events. After graduating from art school, portrait requests started coming in. References were often photos of family members that had passed away, occasionally, children that had died tragically young. When the paintings were finished, the surviving family members would be overwhelmed with emotion, reeling from likeness and spirit that were captured. The power in these moments had a profound impact on Brian and led him to pursue portraiture more seriously. Brian continued doing portrait commissions privately while working full time as a designer and illustrator. While his 9 to 5 job was creative and also necessary for survival, it was ultimately a distraction from painting. In 2009, Brian decided to pursue his art full time. "Right now, my most obvious influence is Chuck Close, he motivates me daily," says Brian. A chance encounter with Close at a local art supply store inspired the evolving artist to "go to the grid." He began painting in the pixelated/mosaic style that Close trail blazed, interpreting the technique through his own style. Pointillism or Pixel Pointillism involves applying distinct dots or squares of pure color in patterns to form an image. Viewed from afar, these dots/squares appear as a single, unified image which attempt photo-reality, albeit in pixelated form. Growing up, Brian was surrounded by art. His father, William Batt, was a well know interior designer, accomplished draftsman and architectural artist who was also a serious art collector. The Batt home was filled with paintings, etchings, lithographs, sculptures and crafts. Brian's Aunt was an origami master who lived in an artist's colony in Washington State. Brian always loved the visual arts and never considered doing anything else. His self-assurance was only furthered by his regular exposure to artists and gallery owners. A graduate of the Hartford Art School in Connecticut, Brian majored in illustration. He also spent time studying in London. He took his first painting course while still in junior high at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Brian paints as much as he possibly can and often allows work to dominate his life and force him into a welcomed kind of reclusiveness. "There are so many amazing artists all over the world doing various things, and i feel like it's my responsibility to be as productive as possible." www.battstudios.com www.facebook.com/battstudios www.twitter.com/battworks www.vimeo.com/user8738606 www.battstudios.tumblr.com