John Bates is a painter whose striking, delineated compositions are characterised by flat planes and vivid colour. His work both conjures and twists our perception of landscapes and seascapes, particularly through the use of minimal colours, which emphasise the two-dimensional surface of his work. Through his process, Bates will spend considerable time thickening the surface of his images by repeatedly applying layers of one colour. John Bates has been a regular studio artist at Arts Project Australia since 1990, and has presented two solo exhibitions at Arts Project in 2000 and 2006. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions at Spring 1883, Melbourne Art Fair (each year from 2000-2014), National Gallery of Australia, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (New Zealand), Gallerie Impaire (France) and MADMusée (Belgium). His work is held by the National Gallery of Victoria, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and in private collections throughout Australia.