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John Battle

Paris, MI, United States

My hometown is Paris, Michigan. I attended Reed City High School. These places are about 70 Miles north of Grand Rapids. For college, I studied painting and Advertising Design at Ferris State in Big Rapids. Later, I took coursed at Aquinas and earned a degree in Philosophy. For a good part of my adult life, I lived overseas as a language teacher, so I would not be surprised if there is some Japanese influence in my art. I enjoyed studying painting and learning classic methods; however, my interest has always been with the modernists: Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso. I find especially joyful the major works of Matisse--I am endlessly fascinated by their playful beauty. These painters too, especially Picasso, learned classic methods, and then unlearned them; they freed themselves to draw and color again like a child with a box of crayons.

John's ArtPrize Entries

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    Jack-In-The-Pulpit

    2017 ArtPrize Entry John Battle
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  • Photo of Blue Coffee Cup

    Blue Coffee Cup

    2014 ArtPrize Entry John Battle
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  • Photo of Green Maple Portrait

    Green Maple Portrait

    2013 ArtPrize Entry John Battle
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John's Past Work

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