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 George William Bates  (1931 - 2009)

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Lived/Active: British Columbia / Canada      Known for: coastal view, landscape, marine

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from David Bidwell, an acquaintance of the artist:


London, England

"As early as I can remember, I had always wanted to be an artist" "My three
main concerns in painting are: colour, tonal values and design. By design
not just composition but the total effect of colour and tone plus
composition. Subject matter alone does not make a painting although most
people, myself included, have an emotional response to the subject. For me,
the waterfront of Vancouver and the coastline of the Pacific, offer an
infinite variety of subjects and atmosphere enough to challenge any artist."

After serving in the Royal Air Force, Bates left England for North America. He
emigrated to Canada in 1954. His approach to painting draws from both
the realist and impressionist traditions. Influenced from the beginning by
artists such as John Singer Sargent and British impressionists like Alfred
Sisley, he later came to appreciate the great marine painters Montague
Dawson and Norman Wilkins. Bates also learned much from his friend of thirty
years, Edwin C. Lockey, who valued simplicity of design in his own work.

The following is from Hambleton Galleries:

George W. Bates was born in London, England, 1931. He came to North America
in 1954 at the age of 23, living in Toronto and Los Angeles before settling
in Vancouver, BC, in 1956. In addition to the above mentioned artists, Bates learned much from his friend of thirty years, Edwin C. Lockey, as artist who valued simplicity of design in his own work. On painting, George has commented that "the need, the desire, to paint or participate in any of the arts is innate and is incapable of analysis. I believe that it is one of the few traits that defines mankind".

Since his first one-man show in Vancouver in 1971, Bate's work has continued to exhibit with one-man exhibitions usually each year or two. His work has been included in various group showings, as well as prominent charity auctions, fund raisers, and professional art association exhibitions. He is represented in many private and corporate collections in North America, Europe and the Far East.

Bates is a Charter Member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists and was
elected Senior Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1983.

Bates resides with his wife, Shirley, in West Vancouver. His favored
subjects are the places he constantly revisits, and has come to know best
through his art: the Pacific Northwest, California, and the American
Southwest, but also the street scenes and landscapes of Europe, especially
France and his first homeland, Britain.

1965 Gallery of the Golden Key, Vancouver, B.C
October, 1978 Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C.
November, 1983 Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C.
November, 1984 Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C.
November, 1988 Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C.
November 1991 Gallery Phillip, Don Mills, Ontario
November, 1992 Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C.
November, 1994 Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C.
November, 1995 Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C.
November, 1996 Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C.
November, 1998 Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C

Charter member: Canadian Society of Marine Artists
Senior Member since 1983: Federation of Canadian Artists

Major corporate and private collectors in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

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