Liberty Battson


New Modernism 2021




Liberty Battson is a conceptual artist born and raised in Benoni, South Africa. She matriculated from St. Dunstan's College in 2009 and obtained her BA(FA) with distinction for her work with automotive paint on canvas in 2013 from the University of Pretoria. Battson has most notably won the 2014 Asa L’Atelier competition, is a 2013 Sasol New Signatures Merit Award winner and a merit award recipient for painting in the 2012 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts competition. 

Battson was a featured artist at the 2015, 2017 KKNK Natinal Arts Festiva in Oudtshoorn and 2016 Clove r Aardklop National Arts Festival in Potchefstroom. Battson featured as part of the Cool Capital initiative at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, has participated in numerous group exhibitions and is solely represented by Everard Read since 2016 where her debuted solo traveled from The A sa Gallery to CIRCA Cape Town.

Battson's artworks are in the Telkom, Sasol, Ellerman House, Absa, University of Pretoria, Nando’s Corporate collection (Lond on), Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton collection (Italy) 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 and returned for an additional seven months as part of her Absa L’ Atelier award in 2015. Battson curated a three-week residency at Mas de Gravieres, Provence, France, in 2019, awarded by the organisation.


Artist statement 


Is this too Modern? Inspired by Modernism and the celebration of Abstraction for more than a century, Battson visits some fundamental techniques that make art what it is today. From 'Readymades' to shooting, pure hard abstraction to dripping or splatting, Battson pursues true art and celebrates Modern art.