Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Stephen Batura
#81: Stephen Batura
Stephen Batura, "Congregation."
Colorado native Stephen Batura is a painter's painter, best-known for his large, monochromatic works on wood panels inspired by Charles Lillybridge's photographs of everyday life from a century ago. Also known for working big, Batura created "Rehearsal," a detailed mural he painted to sprawl above the bar on the lobby wall of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, but he's also dabbled in collage, as he did a few years ago for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver, Batura seems to live to do one thing: paint. Learn more about the pure painter's point of view from his 100CC questionnaire, which follows.
Photo by Mark Sink.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
The Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, because he was a visionary and he worked so intuitively. He drew heavily from nature, but reinvented natural forms into modern buildings that continue to surprise and challenge the limits of architecture. By collaborating, I mean that I would follow him through the streets of Barcelona and push him out of the path of the tram that killed him.
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