John Bates Mind's Eye

John Bates is an established painter whose striking, delineated compositions are characterised by flat planes and vivid colour. Through the use of a minimal palette emphasising the two-dimensional surface, the work plays with ordinary perception of landscapes and seascapes. His process involves creating a dense surface by applying thick layers of acrylic colour.

Mind’s Eye presents a collection of Bates’ 2018 and 2019 iconic landscapes that are of this world, yet ethereal in their conceptual and bold representation.

Bates has been a regular artist at Arts Project Australia since 1990 and has presented two solo exhibitions at Arts Project in 2000 and 2006. He has been featured in numerous group exhibitions at Spring 1883, 2017-2019; Melbourne Art Fair, 2000-2014; Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection, National Gallery of Australia touring exhibition, 2004-2005; Pacifica, Galerie Impairé, Paris, 2010; and Art des Antipodes, MADMusée, Liège, Belgium, 1996.

Public collections include the National Gallery of Victoria and Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. His work is also held in national and international private and corporate collections.

Walk through the exhibition via entering a virtual room, scrolling the slideshow below or downloading the  John Bates Mind’s Eye Catalogue (this link redirects to a PDF).

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Mapping Our Own Future is a weekly series of solo and group virtual exhibitions curated from the Arts Project Australia stockroom. An extension of the gallery to a virtual space, the series offers a place to connect with APA artists from home. Visit other virtual exhibitions here.

Mind’s Eye was produced by Arts Project Australia gallery manager and curator Sim Luttin.