American artist Jay Batlle b. 1976 lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Gascony, France.
Over the last two decades Batlle has become internationally known for his epicurean paintings, performances, and sculptures.
Batlle’s “Epicurean” paintings, drawings, and sculptures take the habits of the gourmet as a source of inspiration and social commentary. 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. The artist asks: What is the true meaning of art, getting to the top of the social economic ladder or having enough to eat?
Inspired by New York City’s sophisticated “foodie” culture, Manhattan-born artist Jay Batlle makes “Epicurean” paintings, drawings, and sculptures. His layered compositions often incorporate images and text from the food section of publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times or from pieces of stationary from restaurants around the world, as well as fragments of recipes, sketches, photographs, and other found objects. The resulting images, finished off with dripping coffee grounds, wine, and other food stains, seem to be both a critique of dining decadence and also a celebration of the preparation and consumption of food across cultures. A skilled chef as well as an artist, Batlle treats his art much like a recipe, with careful preparation and methodical process.
Batlle was educated at U.C.L.A where he won the prestigious Leveson Scholarship from the faculty. He was an artist in residence at De Ateliers 63 Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Mana Contemporary, Jersey City. Batlle’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions including: The MoMA PS1, Metro Pictures, Migeul Abreu Gallery, Esso Gallery, Casey Kaplan, Nyehaus, Andrew Roth, Paul Kasmin, Feigen Contemporary, Thomas Erben, the Chelsea Museum, The National Academy Museum, Exit Art, The Dorsky Gallery, and The Whitney Museum, all in New York City. As well as: The Glass House Museum at Mana and Gary Lichtenstein Editions, New Jersey; Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Blum & Poe Gallery, both in Los Angeles, CA; The National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago de Chile, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo sin Muros – Concepción, both in Chile; Galeria Impakto, Lima, Perù; The Artothek Museum, Cologne, The Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst in Münster, The Abteiberg Museum, Mönchengladbach all in Germany, The Museum of Liverpool, and at The World Museum, Liverpool, both in the United Kingdom; Soho House Istanbul, Turkey; Atelier’s 63, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Galerie Frank, Paris, France; Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow, Russia; Clages Gallery, Cologne, Germany; Galleria 1000eventi, Milan, and Villa Mensa, Turin, both in Italy, Gallery Phillips de Pury, Dubai, C A B I N gallery Dubai, both in the United Arab Emirates and 11 Columbia, Monaco.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Closed For Business Museo Nacional Bellas Artes, Concepción, Chile, (2018-2017), Closed For Business, National Museum Of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile (2017),Salad Days, Villa Mensa, Turin, Italy (2015), Parties Of Six Or More, Norfolk Library, Norfolk, CT, (2013), Parties Of Six Or More, Nyehaus (2012), Free Lunch, Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile (2011) Cutting Out The Middleman, Nyehaus (2009)
Recent group shows: Doomed and Famous: Selections from the Adrian Dannatt Collection, Miguel Abreu Gallery, NYC (2021), FOOD SEX ART, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY (2017), Self: Artist in Their Absence, The National Academy Museum, New York City (2015), Lonely Fingers, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (2013), Swell, Metro Pictures, Nyehaus, & Petzel gallery, New York City (2010).
Batlle’s work is included in private and public collections, including The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, The Captial Group, Geneva, Switzerland and Los Angeles, California, 20/21 Foundation, New York, New York, The Artothek Museum, Cologne, Germany, Colección Engel Santiago, Chile and The Soho House Group, Istanbul, Chicago, and London.
His work has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, Art In America, New York Magazine, The Art Newspaper, Huffington Post, Interview Magazine, Elle, French Vogue, The Boston Herald, Artinfo, Art & Auction, and Frieze.