|Described as the next best thing to Matisse, Balkin’s trajectory as a world class artist is unsurpassed. From Wahol’s factory to Burlington Toys, his work has commanded the attention of Betty Parsons, Ivan Karp, Holly Solomon, Leo Castelli and Ron Lauder.
After graduating from Pratt under the tutelage of Stephen Green, Balkin’s career took off. “Figures Of Mystery” The Queens Museum Show (82-83) applauded Balkin’s Idyllic landscapes for their unique compositions and use of color. As early as 64 with shows at The Wadsworth Atheneum, O.K. Harris, Chrysler Museum, Edward Thorp and Albright Knox, Balkin’s art was well received by a public yearning for the masters redefined in contemporary times. By combining characteristics of the Post Impressionists (Matisse, Cezanne) Balkin blends his own special magic into each picture using hands on techniques that are entirely unique. Adam and Eve (Eden) is one of the recurring themes in Balkin’s work that depict these two figures in settings that are reminiscent of the work of Turner and Odelon Redon.
As a world class photographer, graphic designer and initiator of Avant Garde Theater, Balkin imbues in his work an attention to detail that brings the viewer into the scene rather than observing it from afar. Balkin’s work can be found in many private and public collections worldwide.