Amuse Bouche (Happy Hour) 2015

Inkjet, ink, and paint on paper mounted on canvas with recipe on verso in wood frames

92 x 66 x 2 inches / 234 x 168 x 5 cm

Photo: Joerg Lohse
Photo: Mana Contemporary




Jay Batlle’s varied oeuvre includes sculpture, painting, performance, prints, drawings, short videos, and artist books, using the vernacular of the gourmand as a source of inspiration and social commentary. Batlle’s work is a critique of capitalistic culture, but also perpetuates the stereotypes and clichés he asks us to address. Batlle belongs to a generation of American artists who have responded to the precepts of minimalism and conceptualism. These artists aim to recreate the image and the social process in art, providing a channel for imaginary and everyday experience and forcing academic conventions to confront mass culture.

Batlle, known as the Epicurean Painter, is interested in exploring “The Good Life”—success, fortune, and an abundance of sensual pleasures and the gulf that exists between this ideal and reality. Batlle subverts the gourmet experience into social commentary, mostly on the interchangeability of wealth and power, and the blurring of boundaries between the two as it relates to indulgence and excess. His oeuvre offers both a critique of comestible-related decadence and a celebration of the preparation and consumption of food across various cultures.  The artist asks: “What is the meaning of art, getting to the top of the social economic ladder or having enough to eat?”

Batlle’s work has been exhibited at galleries and museums around the world, including The MoMA PS1, The National Academy Museum, Nyehaus Gramercy Park and Chelsea, Esso Gallery, Andrew Roth, Metro Pictures, Casey Kaplan, Paul Kasmin, Feigen Contemporary, The Chelsea Museum, Exit Art, The Dorsky Gallery, The Whitney, (all in New York) and The Glass House Museum at Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, The Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst in Münster, The Abteiberg Museum Mönchengladbach, Germany, Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow, Russia and at The Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool. Batlle’s first solo institutional show took place in 2011 at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile.

His work is included in a number of private and public collections, including The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California and The Artothek Museum, Cologne, Germany. In 2017 Batlle was the subject of a solo exhibition titled Closed For Business at the Museum of Fine Arts Santiago de Chile in 2017 which traveled to The Museo De Bella Artes of Concepción de Chile in the same year. The museums have co-published Batlle’s first comprehensive monograph Works / Obras 2003 – 2018 printed by Ograma Impresores with comprehensive texts from Patricio Zárate, Katherine Chan, Fionn Meade, Adrian Dannatt, and Filippo Fossati in English and Spanish the tome contains over 150 colored plates of works. You can Order the monograph now on this website.