LIBERTY BATTSON

BIOGRAPHY

LIBERTY BATTSON

(b. Benoni, Johannesburg)

 

Liberty Battson was born and raised in Benoni, South Africa. She matriculated from St. Dunstan's College in 2009 and graduated with a BA Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria in 2013. Battson has a winning streak behind her. Most notably: 2014 Absa L’Atelier overall winner, 2013 Sasol New Signatures merit award winner, 2012 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts painting merit award winner. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions. She was also a featured artist at the 2015 KKNK National Arts Festival- Oudtshoorn and the Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival- Potchefstroom (2015). Battson featured as part of the Cool Capital initiative at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, Emerging Painters exhibition at Turbine Art Fair 2016 and solo exhibition at the Absa Gallery in June 2016. Battson's artworks are in the Telkom, Sasol, Ellerman House, University of Pretoria and Absa corporate collection as well as numerous private collections. She participated in a two-month residency in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts (2013) awarded by the University of Pretoria. She returned for seven months as part of her Absa L’Atelier award in 2015, recently residing back in South Africa for her solo at the Absa Gallery that will travel to Everard Read/ CIRCA later this year.

 

 

EDUCATION

 BA Fine Arts University of Pretoria 2013 (distinction)

 

EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

 

2019    Arts okay, Solo Show, Everard Read, Franschoek

2018    Dada data - A 100 year celebration of Abstraction, Everard Read, Cape Town

            Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read, Cape Town

2017    Off the wall: A Group Sculpture Show, Everard Read, Johannesburg

Cape Town Art fair, Everard Read, Johannesburg

Southern abstract, Everard Read, London

Inside out Two man solo, KKNK Oudtshoorn

Curator of The Confessional, Absa Gallery and KKNK

Spectrum, group exhibition at CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg

Truth Sleuth, solo exhibition at CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg

FNB Art Fair, Everard Read, Johannesburg

Winter Collection, group exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town

2016    Solo exhibition at Absa Gallery

Venice Architecture Biennale (Cool Capital)

FNB Art Fair

Turbine Art Fair

2015    Solo exhibition at Absa KKNK art festival

Nominee for Absa KANA Award

Solo Exhibition at Clover Aardklop National Art Festival

The Summer Exhibition, Knysna Fine Art Gallery

2014    Absa L’Atelier overall winner

Cool Capital Biennale

2013    PPC young concrete sculpting awards 2012 Fans Favourite winner

Turbine Art Fair

SASOL New Signatures 2013 merit award winner

Thami Mnyele Fine Arts painting merit award winner

 

RESIDENCIES

Two-Month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris 2013-2014, awarded by the University of Pretoria.

Seven-month return to Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris 2015 in conjunction with the Absa L’Atelier Prize.

 

COLLECTIONS

Telkom Corporate Art Collection

Sasol Corporate Art collection

Ellerman House Private collection

Absa Corporate collection

University of Pretoria Collection

Numerous private collections