My artwork creates imaginary spaces with geometric forms and saturated color. The aim with this body of work is to elicit bright feelings and create moments of emotional reprieve, as if peeking into a space not our own, unaffected by the real world.
Palettes are chosen with harmony and balance in mind, colors complementing each other throughout each composition. Often, these are variations of primary colors, easily understood but made more complex with slight changes to underlying hues. Basic geometric forms are abstracted to create visually interesting shapes and patterns, sometimes resembling identifiable objects. They are layered in a way that creates separate, two-dimensional “rooms” and further reinforces the concept of these shapes living in their own space that can be visited and looked in upon by the viewer as desired.
Whitney Batres is a painter living in Oklahoma City, OK. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with her B.F.A. in Studio Art, and has participated in several exhibitions and studio tours around Texas, Utah, and Oklahoma. Gouache is her medium of choice, but she has a broad love for all forms of printmaking and textile arts.
Travel has proven to be her biggest inspiration, and always finds something to bring home and incorporate into her art practice - whether it be a spectacular Agnes Martin seen in a museum, the colors of a fragrant flower garden, or the geometric patterns in urban design. She has a particular love for Bauhaus and mid-century design.