Brian Batt is an East Coast native currently based in New York City. He took his first painting course while still in Junior High at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and would go on to graduate from Hartford Art School in Connecticut as an Illustration major. Immediately upon graduation, portrait requests started coming in. References were often photos of family members that had passed away, occasionally, children that had died tragically young. When the paintings were finished, the surviving family members would be overwhelmed with emotion, reeling from likeness and spirit that were captured. The power in these moments had a profound impact on Brian and led him to pursue portraiture more seriously.
He began painting in the pixelated/ mosaic style that Chuck Close trail blazed, interpreting the technique through his own style. Pointillism or Pixel Pointillism involves applying distinct dots or squares of pure color in patterns to form an image. Whether working in photorealism or pointillism, Brian combines aspects of classic portraiture with pop cultural iconography. He explores the idea of an image consisting of thousands of smaller shapes, each shape being essential to the larger picture.
His paintings have landed on the walls of John Krasinski and Reese Witherspoon and his work is regularly commissioned for important galas and charity events.