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Jeffrey Batchelor was born in North Carolina in 1960 and studied at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, deferring in 1987 to pursue a career in theatrical scene painting.
After years’ of experience, his practice branched out into fine art painting, and realism emerged as a particular strength from within his broad stylistic repertoire.
Batchelor continues to reach for ever greater levels of detail, but prefers glazing and blending to the less tactile airbrushing technique.
In paintings that feature glass objects, he uses magnifiers to delineate and define myriad reflections and refractions. It is realism for realism’s sake, he concedes.
Batchelor likes to take an idea or a concept and develop it beyond realism into something surreal. When rectangular canvases start to constrain him, he builds canvases of other shapes and paints trompe-l’oeils.
His work has been exhibited across the East Coast and collected internationally.