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Lived/Active: Washington/Nebraska / Philippines      Known for: airccraft illustration, costume and cultural event design

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Nelson Batin (1957) Philippines, Washington, Nebraska

Nelson Batin was born in 1957 on the Philippines Islands.  In 1975 he arrived in the United States, settling in Washington state. His father was a farmer and his mother a homemaker. Batin was the 4th child in a family of 11 children.  Education was very important to his family.

During the art formative years from 1957 to 1984, Batin entered many art competitions never letting one day pass without creating something for himself or someone else, who appreciated his art.  These projects were both 2-dimensional on canvas, paper or other media and 3-dimensional of multimedia sculpture, environmental design projects using fruit, flowers and other organic materials.

He studied art at Wapato High School under Charlie Smith.  Under Smith’s direction and encouragement to enter competitions, Batin won top honors in the 1977-1978 State Superintendent High School Art Show.  A close family friend, Lorena Silva, realized the talent and creative side of Batin, and she encouraged him to pursue a career in art after high school graduation.  Batin applied and was accepted to continue art studies at Yakima Valley College under R. Keyes Smith and at Highline Community College under Gary Nelson.  He graduated with a degree as a production illustrator in 1984.

Boeing Aircraft of Seattle, Washington needed Batin’s skills as a production illustrator and hired him full time after graduation to assist with aircraft production designs.  Some of the airplanes he illustrated were the Boeing 747, 767 and 737.  At Boeing he expanded his art illustrating and technical skills by taking and completing mechanical illustrating, expanded drafting skills and other coursework via Boeing Graphic Art (BoGART).  This allowed him continued success and progress in his Boeing graphics illustration career for a successful and productive 24 year in illustration.  This corporate experience involving detailed design guided Batin’s creative community contributions.  Batin credits Boeing as instrumental to his fine art success and work as a fine art director.

Batin exhibited annually in local, state, regional and national art exhibitions both juried and non-juried exhibitions actively, since graduation in 1984.  He was active in the Washington State Community as a board member.  His work within the Philippine cultural community gained him recognition, appreciation and awards.  This includes the Labor Day “Harvest Festival” of 2009 where the Yakima Herald-Republic documented Batin designing, creating and building a float.  This float was featured in the Wapato parade to celebrate the cultural heritage of the Philippines with participants wearing traditional regalia and Philippine regional clothing.

His creative design work and art projects won top awards at the University of Canada and the University of Olympia.  One art design project he enjoyed was the “Great Pumpkin Contest” taking first place ribbon with the entry Airplanes Gord-lore #2 as documented by a local newspaper in Washington.

Then in 2010 he relocated with his family to Omaha, Nebraska from Seattle, Washington. Here he works independently on his art and design projects.  He continues as an art director for community projects, including but not limited to dance productions, costume design, entertaining, decorating and creating floral designs for cultural events.  Batin incorporates ideas of nature, the environment, trees, flowers and other subject elements to enhance the visual experience by adding interest to events and people’s lives.

Since leaving Boeing and relocation to Nebraska, Batin’s art direction is focused on his personal creative projects. The dedication and structured work ethic developed at Boeing he applies directly to his studio work and fine art projects. The influences of nature from three distinctly different areas of the world evolve in his designs. His art is found exhibited in large corporate reception areas, held by private collectors, non profit organizations and businesses in Nebraska, Washington State and the Philippines. Commissions exhibited in public building are: University of Canada and the State Capitol of Washington at Olympia.

Sources: Personal interview with the artist Nelson Batin, May 22, 2011 by Janet G. Smith
              Artist’s personal scrapbook of newspaper clippings, certificates and letters.

Copyright Janet G. Smith, Omaha Nebraska

Written and submitted by Janet G. Smith, art consultant, art historian, and independent curator. All pictures are copyright of the respective owner


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