Michael Batty


Canadian artist Michael Batty’s paintings illuminate the importance of negative space against his precise and exacting strokes of colour. Motion is created with his use of the line, giving the paintings a kinetic nature. Michael Batty graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design with a major in painting, and attended the renowned artist workshops at Emma Lake.


Michael Batty’s paintings are calligraphic in nature, each activating the silence of the blank canvas with exacting strokes of colour. These markings utilize intuitive thin strokes of exacting color along with passages of seemingly empty voids of canvas. With the interacting elements, the viewer is sprung into action; the eye is guided through the painting in a search to both connect with, and de-code, the image. These repetitious elements create visual illustrations of natural forces, such a gravity can be interpreted by the viewer. The paintings contain suggestions of movement perceivable by the viewer and rely on the participation of the viewer to animate the system’s colour and form into a work of kinetic nature.

The paintings that are made up of multiple canvases are a way of further increasing the dynamic relations within this body of work. These paintings function by way of a physical interplay with one and other. Upon viewing the series of works, it becomes apparent that each is a direct metamorphosis of the other. The paintings flow “to and fro” like some kind of animated abstract GIF.

Michael Batty graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1989 with a major in painting. He attended the renowned artist workshops in Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, and studied printmaking at The Art Institute at Capilano College in Vancouver. Batty’s paintings can be found in collections around the world, including the Waldorf Astoria in Beijing, China, W Guangzhou, China, Four Seasons, Dubai, UAE, and Bank of Montreal in Calgary and Toronto, to name a few.

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