"My paintings draw upon two natural but disparate processes: the gestural unfolding and leafing of a branching tree limb, and the physical properties and behaviors of pigments."
Jackie Battenfield is known for her luminous paintings and prints of natural forces. Recent solo and 2-person exhibitions include Chasing the Sky, Chicago Art Source (2018); Branched, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC (2017); Mirage, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York (2015); and Another Garden Wave Hill, Bronx, New York (2014). A survey of her graphic works, Moments of Change, opened at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond (2009), and traveled to the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson (2011) with essays by Nancy Princenthal and Richard Waller. For the MTA Arts & Design program in New York City, she created 4 mural sizes paintings for the Avenue P, elevated subway platform on the F line in Brooklyn. She has also completed commissioned projects for the NYU Langone Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award, the David Alfaro Siqueiros Award, the Arts & Architecture Alumni Award form Pennsylvania State University, and the U.S. Fulbright Specialist Program. Her work is represented in more than 500 collections worldwide including the New York Public Library, NY; The Zimmerli Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, NJ; Palmer Museum, University Park, PA; University Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art; the Progressive Corporation; and the United States Embassy Collections, Brazil, Cambodia, Croatia, Jamaica, and Peru.
She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.