Not titled (lake and yellow house)
John Bates is a painter whose striking, delineated compositions are characterised by flat planes and brilliant colour, with his landscapes and seascapes evoking a quiet stillness. When working, Bates is highly engaged in the application of paint and will spend considerable time building up the surface of his images with numerous layers. John Bates (born 1945) has been a regular studio artist at Arts Project Australia since 1990, and has presented two solo exhibitions at Arts Project Australia in 2000 and 2006. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including, Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne (each year from 2000-2014); 'Walsh Bay Arts Table 2012', the Wharf, Pier 2, Sydney; 'Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection', National Gallery of Australia Travelling exhibition; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand; 'Pacifica', Gallerie Impaire, Paris, France; and 'Connexions Particulières', MADMusée, Liège, Belgium. His work is held in private collections throughout Australia.