Robert Batterton is best known for figurative drawings and paintings that range from realistic representations to expressionistic, dreamlike imagery. Inspiration often comes from his family's vintage snapshots and the study of light/shadow effects on a figure or landscape.
He reworks his cast of characters, sometimes with unexpected juxtapositions. A series of pieces depicting winged figures, often with a dog companion, hint at a mysterious guide or guardian.
The use of chiaroscuro in his charcoal drawings make for an atmosphere of strong graphic design with psychological connotations.
Born in Texas, Batterton earned a MFA from Mason Gross School of Arts - Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ; BFA from Univ. of Texas at Austin; and attended Yale Univ. Summer School of Music and Art at Norfolk, CT.
Among the galleries and museums that have shown his work are the Jung Center, Houston, TX; Klaudia Marr Gallery,Santa Fe, NM; Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY; Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX; Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and Stables Gallery, Taos, NM.
Public collections include Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; and Harwood Museum, Taos, NM.