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Jay Batlle

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Syracuse, NY

Birth year

Lives in
New York and France

Works in
New York and France


Representing galleries
1000 Eventi Gallery, Nyehaus


Jay Batlle is an American artist born in 1976, who received his Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in 1998. He attended the Ateliers in Amsterdam from 1998 to 2000. His work has been exhibited internationally at galleries and museums including The Chelsea MuseumExit Art, and The Dorsky Gallery in New York, and Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenossische Kunst in Muenster, Germany.  

Jay Batlle's epicurean paintings, drawings, and sculptures use gourmet cooking and foodie practices as both inspiration and social critique.

Batlle collects and recreates restaurant stationery, which he gleans from different eating establishments around the world. The stationery serves as the backdrop for his highly visceral medium, which includes food coloringred wine, and coffee stains, along with traditional paint. Batlle adds to the back of his finished stationery paintings deconstructed recipes and vignettes from his life, such as photographs, found objects, and old exhibition cards, that fill yet another layer of meta-discursive reflection in the pieces, footnotes of a life.

Recently Batlle’s work was presented in New York at Casey Kaplan Gallery in a group exhibition called Everything Must Go organized by José Noé and Eduardo Sarabia.  This Fall Batlle will present a solo exhibition titled Sauce Américaine at Clages Gallery in Köln, Germany.  Batlle’s Free Lunch at the Museum of Fine Arts Santiago, Chile is his first one-man museum exhibition and a catalog will be published for the occasion.  Batlle had the last solo exhibition at Nyehaus’s Gramercy Park location called Cutting Out The Middleman in 2009. His work was included in Swell, a group exhibition at Metro Pictures, Fredrich Petzel Gallery, and Nyehaus curated in 2010 by Tim Nye and Jacqueline Miro.



University of California Los Angeles, 1998 BA.
Atelier's 63 Fellowship, Amsterdam 1999-2000

Solo Exhibitions

2011  Free Lunch (forthcoming with catalog)

Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile

2009   Cutting Out The Middleman

Nyehaus, New York, NY


AFP Gallery, Fuller Building, New York, NY

2007   Last Minute Reservations

AFP Gallery, Fuller Building, New York, NY

Joie de Vivre (site-specific project)

Jolie Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY

2005  Epicurean Drawings

Andrew Roth Gallery, New York, NY

Excellent Napkins

1000eventi Gallery, Milano, Italy

2003 The Trouble with Having an Interior Designer for a Mother,  1000eventi Gallery, Milano, Italy

2002   Ten Sculptures

Esso Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Everything Must Go

Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, NY




2010  Swell

Metro Pictures, Nyehaus, & Fredrich Petzel Galleries                    New York. NY

#2 Made In China Faire, defaire Studio, Paris, France

2009  #1 Made In China Faire, defaire Studio, Paris, France

Naked! Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

#0 Made In China Faire, defaire Studio, Paris, France

5 + 1 1000eventi gallery, Milan, Italy

2008 Not So Subtle, Subtitle Curated by Matthew Brannon

Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, NY       

Regional Delicacies: Alef's art mezze

Curated by Ana Finel Honigman

XVA  Gallery Phillips de Pury, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   

2007 And Who Are You? Curated by Ana Finel Honigman

Sara Tecchia Roma Gallery, New York, NY

Rock, Paper, Scissors Judy Goldman Gallery, Boston, MA

Arte Povera Now and Then

Esso Gallery, New York, NY

2006 Music to My Eyes

Esso Gallery, New York, NY

The Food Show, The Hungry Eye

Curated by Robert Edelman and Gina Flore

The Chelsea Museum, New York, NY

Mutiny Curated by David Hunt

The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA

Seeing Blue curated bu Charlie Scheips Gallery at Buck House,New York, NY

The Monty Hall Problem Curated by Slater Bradley

Blum & Poe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Flex Your Textile Curated by Travis Boyer/Ginger

John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

2005  No Facsimile Fluorescent Gallery, Knoxville, TN

2004  I, Assassin Curated by Slater Bradley

Wallspace Gallery, New York, NY

Relentless Proselytizers Curated by David Hunt

Feigen Contemporary Gallery, New York, NY

2003  Labor Day, curated by David Hunt,

Rare Gallery, New York, NY

City Mouse/Country Mouse, curated by David Hunt,

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Collaborative Exhibitions

2010  Way Out West RITA MC BRIDE Clages Colonge Germany with special Appearance by Foie Gras Luxe Sculpture

2007-6 The Myways ReadingsWhitney Museum & Printed Matter, New York, NY Short stories by Rita McBride et al., Printed Matter, Inc.; Whitney Museum of American Art; Arsenal Pulp Press. 2006

2003   Free at Last With Matthew Ronay, curated by Ken Freed

Loop Gallery, Berlin, Germany

BatllePagk With Paul Pagk, curated by Adrian Dannatt

Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, NY

1998 A Sound Goodbye Demand   With Slater Bradley

Studio 870, Los Angeles, CA


Levenson Scholarship, UCLA 1996-1998
Atelier's 63 Post-Graduate Fellowship, Amsterdam 1999-2000

Published Writing

Liminal Nostalgia, Press Release for Rita McBride

Alexander and Bonin Gallery, NY (April)

In a Times Squared Burger King, Normative Structures Collapse, P.S.1

Emerging Artist Series (September)

Een Bleek Haus, Metropolis M, Amsterdam, May Issue

Recent Exhibits

Jay Batlle participated in these exhibits:

Ierimonti Gallery
Solo Exhibition
Jan, 2015 Self: Portraits of Artists in their Absence
National Academy Museum
May, 2014 Mana Exposition Opening - All The Best Artists Are My Friends (Part I)
Mana Contemporary
Jul, 2013 Dead Inside
Bleecker Street Arts Club
May, 2012 Parties of Six or More
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