DOODLES AND ART

Mike Batt has always been active in hands-on art, and  usually in tandem with his musical activities. His solo album releases for Sony were usually accompanied by a complex slide presentation which he would create using multiple still (Kodak carousel) projectors. Starting with 8 projector rig, he developed the technique (using a bigger rig for the inserted semi-animated sequences in his TV show Zero Zero) and further expanding it for theatrical use with The Snark. . The 1991 Snark presentation at the Prince Edward Theatre was achieved without a physical set at all, (other than a flying gantry, stairs, gauzes and screens – and hundreds of projectors, both back and front-projecting thousands of slides personally drawn and coloured by Mike, with a small team of colourisation and photographic assistants. It was the most advanced ever use of projection in a theatrical show, at that time. (See “PROJECTS” for more in this).

 In his twenties, he would often create his own hand-painted clothing, painting jackets and suits with fabric dye – some examples of which can be seen below.

 He has painted several murals for family and friends. In 1996 when he moved to his home Ewshot Hall in Farnham, he painted the music studio control room with clouds and sky effects, taking several weeks to complete the all-round mural , which remained there for twenty years, until the family moved out in 2016.

 His drawings, which he describes as doodles because of their casual and often “pointless” raison d’etre are sometimes drawn literally on the back of envelopes and sometimes more formally on art bard or A4 printing paper. They usually have no serious purpose.

 Some examples are reproduced below.

Doodles/Casual art

Doodle town with foreground

Naughty Womble sketches

Bart Batt

 

Random doodle with citrus slices

Doodle with connections

Ship with a problem

 

Notebook totem doodle

Pencil rockets

Spanish piano house doodle

 

Doodle town with no foreground

Townscape with burger tower

Lips doodlescape

 

Deco doodle

Deco road with doors and mouseholes

Balloon with world (monochrome)

 

Balloons pursued by hamburger (monochrome)

Balloons pursued by hamburger (coloured)

Hamburger balloon

 

Wonky modern town (monochrome)

Wonky modern town (colour)

Wonky modern town (colour)

Aerial hotdog

 

Scarlet ribbons

Salmon bred for easy canning

Easy to can salmon (two)

 

Pre canned salmon

Flying top doodle

Steampunk chopper

 

Flying boojum boat doodle with two blokes

The many eyed steampunk surveillance vehicle

Fairy in balloon powered sight-seeing machine

 

Random monochrome doodle with two more blokes

Another (rougher) balloon doodle

Snark hunting conveyances on the back of an envelope

 

House doodle

Ship phone doodle

Yet another rougher balloon doodle

 

Personalised clothing – circa 1975

Disney jacket front (faded)

Disney jacket back (faded)

House jacket front

 

House jacket back

Disney suit lapel (faded)

Disney suit right arm detail (faded)

 

Disney suit castle (faded)

Disney suit trouser leg (faded)

Disney suit other leg (faded)

 

Studio Mural at Ewshot Hall, circa 1996

 
 
 

The Hunting Of The Snark - Set Designs Prince Edward Theatre 1991