Artists

Luke Batha

Luke Batha was born in 1984, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The South African painter, is the son of iconic painter Gehard Batha, who studied at Wits and the Johannesburg Art School in 1964. Batha is a new entry into the contemporary art world working with landscapes, buildings and quite recognisably, are his watercolour portraits. Batha attended Ridge School Westcliffe from 1990 until 1997, and received the art prize, under the tutelage of Jean Nel. He attended the Eden Art Academy in Johannesburg and worked under Stephan Erasmus, who is the ABSA collection curator. Having been “From an early age I was privileged to have been taken to art museums and galleries throughout Europe and North America. I drew and painted for 20 years, developing my love of figurative Expressionism, favouring artists like Baselitz, Lupertz, Gerstl, Boeckel, De Kooning and more. Of late I've been leaning toward abstract art that evokes a more free feeling, like music, my second passion. Painting is a compulsion of mine, battling with myself all the time. I never use black or colour straight from the tube. I am very particular about my palette mixing my own colours that blend and harmonise with each other creating a balanced composition of form, colour and light.” Batha strives to achieve balance of form in his work, allowing his paintings to speak for themselves; the viewer is encouraged to focus not on the subject matter, but rather the brushstrokes that evoke the tradition of Expressionist painting. He is a particularly hard-working artist, choosing to remain private in his space and with his time.

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Gentleman

Acrylic on Canvas

122x91.5cm

2016

R23,000.00

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Waiting

Acrylic on Canvas

122x101cm

2016

R25,000.00

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Contemplation

Acrylic on canvas

1520x1220

20170101

SOLD

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Untitled 1

Acrylic on canvas

1220x915

20170101

N/A

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Smoke Break

Acrylic on canvas

1220x1010

20170101

SOLD