Brian Batista: In the Beginning
Runs: February 8th to March 31st, 2013
Closing Reception: March 21st @ 7PM to 8PM
I consider myself a ‘sacred artist’, one who works aspires to create work of ultimate beauty, which transcends normal everyday existence. I am interested in the spiritual and profane. This has led me to explore representations of historic deities, and study the process of constructing a traditional image using sacred geometry and referencing historical precedents. Over time, I am using the study of these historical icons in the development of my own lexicon of symbols and motifs that blend with contemporary life.
I draw artistic inspiration from a deep and profound curiosity in eastern spirituality and mysticism. I hope to transcend mere representational art to create a mystical experience. My paintings represent psychological aspects of the human condition and seek to convey a philosophical teaching through their narratives. It is said that making sacred images brings about the existence of the deity and good luck to all who view it. My works are intended to inspire awe, reverence, curiosity and deep thought while nourishing the creative spirit.
BATISTA is based in Calgary, Alberta and holds a BFA with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design. He was part of the exhibition 7 BY 7: RISING TALENTS at Stride (2009) and his first solo exhibition Sacred Images was held at the Untitled Arts Society Gallery (2011). His latest body of work, titled "Dive Inspiration" was shown November 2012 at the Stride Gallery. He is currently an artist in residence for Calgary 2012 and has two simultaneous exhibitions in the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts building.