photo by Jason Acton
Yolande Milan Batteau is an interdisciplinary fine artist who brings decades of materials and methods investigation to her wide range of work. Batteau’s surfaces involve pushing marble dust, encaustic, resin, leaf and micaceous powders beyond their historical limits. These materials are approached with processes of adding and taking away, tooling, burnishing and several secret techniques she has invented and refined over the last twenty years. Yolande directs a Brooklyn based atelier, Callidus Guild, a design space for clients to visit and develop projects, maintaining vital dynamic relationships throughout the International creative community.
Yolande’s life long curiosity in material culture has informed the appearance of her small and large-scale paintings. Questing to map her intuition of an “essential self”, Batteau is fascinated by natural phenomena and the sorrow precipitated by attachment and illusion. Having travelled to over 50 countries, Batteau has a strong affinity for a wide range of cultures and their arts, including African, Asian and European.
Batteau has produced work for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hotel Edition, Tiffany, Graff, Gucci, Jean Louis Deniot, Joan Behnke, Bill Sofield, David Collins, Peter Marino, and Axel Vervoordt. Her art has been featured in Vogue, Architectural Digest, Residences, Metropolis, Surface, Art News, Veranda, Interior Design, Art Forum, Elle Decor, T Magazine, Living Etc., As If, the Huffington Post, Brownstoner, Wallpaper, Curbed, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Suited, Icon, Luxe, and The New York Times.