Robischon Gallery presents Colorado
Baturas solo exhibition entitled Borrowing Time featuring large-
scale paintings on canvas and panel as well as intimate drawings
and watercolors. This extensive showing continues the artists
decade-long painting project; a series based on the historic
photographs of Charles Lillybridge circa 1900.
Anchored in the past yet
revived in the present, Borrowing
Time reflects Baturas contextual concerns related to Lillybridge
which have ranged from images of everyday life to the grand
spectacle of natural and man-made disasters. Baturas painterly
abstractions recapture these moments out of time while illuminating
a unique connection to the past. The artists distinctive atmospheric
painting approach skillfully translates and transforms Lillybridges
otherwise documental imagery into re-invigorated territory making it
both somehow familiar and otherworldly. The slightly out-of-focus or
off-kilter views distilled by Batura from Lillybridges photographs put
forth an enigmatic, spectral narrative that blurs temporal
realities. While the artists series based on Lillybridges photographs
culminates to some degree in this exhibition with work that relies on
appropriation, Baturas plans for the remaining two years of the
project will unfold in an as-yet-to-be-determined style still informed by
Lillybridge. However, Stephen Baturas revealing and deliberate
brush strokes - which often spans the use of a subtle monochromatic
palette and an unexpected use of bold color - remain constant. In
Baturas hands, images of the landscape are overtly revitalized as he
makes immediate a renewed view of life in the West.
Stephen Batura is a Denver painter
who received his B.F.A.
from the University of Colorado. He has been recognized through
several public commissions including a 30 by 25 foot lobby mural at
the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the historic Auditorium Theater.
Additionally, the artists other most notable public art projects include
a Red Rocks Amphitheater Visitors Center mural and the Lowry
Trios, a 12-panel installation at the Schlessman branch of the Denver
Public Library and an 8 by 24 foot mural in LoDos Union Station.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver featured Baturas
extensive solo exhibition middle ground in 2003 and The Denver
Art Museum has included his work in the permanent collection. Other
exhibitions of note include The Show at the Museum of Fine Arts,
Santa Fe, New Mexico and The Wild West at the Museum of
Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.