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Magaret K. Batson

b. 1899

Margaret Batson was a primitive painter. She was born in Buffalo in 1899 and lived in Williamsville.[1] She was featured in the 1970 publication, Symbols and Images: Contemporary Primitive Artists, selected by Gregg N. Blasdel. In her featured artist statement, she describes her approach to her primitive works:

My primitives are the result of ‘doing what comes naturally’. I definitely do not set out to paint a primitive. Laws of perspective and rules governing shadows are stifling to me. Like using a computer. I love bright, gay, happy colors and good, strong well-balanced design. I could be happy painting only different versions of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, because here is the whole story of civilization and a perfect chance for an artist’s innovation.[2]

In 1976, the Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art acquired her painting, Mark Twain’s Bar-Keep Reaches Heaven. Batson died in 1979.



[1] Gregg N. Blasdel, “Margaret Batson”, Symbols and Images: Contemporary Primitive Artists, 1970.

[2] Gregg N. Blasdel, “Margaret Batson”, Symbols and Images: Contemporary Primitive Artists, 1970.