^
Keep Westword Free
4

Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Stephen Batura

#81: Stephen Batura

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.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Tobias Fike

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.

Continue reading for more from Stephen Batura.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Fran Lebowitz, the American writer who doesn't write. Her latest book came out in 1981, and when she isn't writing, she smokes a lot and speaks her mind on just about any topic. You can see what she's like in the recent Martin Scorsese documentary about her: Public Speaking.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

James Franco. Well, maybe not die, but just go away.

What's your day job?

I make paintings.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

I will cross that bridge when I come to it.

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

Hire a full time art curator for the McNichols civic center building. It could attract artists of national and international importance, if only the city would commit one of the floors to the visual arts. As it stands now, the art on the walls is largely a backdrop for weddings, parties and corporate events and public access is limited to only a few hours per week.

Continue reading for more from Stephen Batura.

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

Homare Ikeda. A painter and printmaker, Homare is now an artist-in-residence at RedLine. He works and works, and his studio is cluttered with paintings of all sizes. If you like his Facebook page MunuGattai, you can see his progress as he posts his daily experiments.

What's on your agenda in the coming year?

The same as every year, doing whatever I feel like.

Who do you think will get noticed in the local arts community in 2014?

Nathan Abels. He's a very talented painter who has a solo show opening June 13 at Hinterland Artspace.

See work by Stephen Batura in Stream, which opens Friday May 23 at Ironton Studios & Gallery and runs through June 28. See more work online.

Throughout the year, we'll be shining the spotlight on 100 superstars from Denver's rich creative community. Stay tuned to Show and Tell for more, or visit the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.

To keep up with the Froyd's eye view of arts and culture in Denver, "like" my fan page on Facebook.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.


Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.