Wesley Bates (1952- )
“From the Bar” 1978
Pastel on Coloured paper
9” x 13” Image
21.5” x 18” Frame
Provenance: Exhibited at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario “Big Picture” 2022
Wesley Bates studied painting and printmaking at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. He works full time as a printmaker and letterpress printer under his own imprint at West Meadow Press in Clifford, Ontario.
His wood engraved prints have been exhibited widely and are held in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Japan and China.
Bates has illustrated for major publishers in Canada and the United States – such as McClelland & Stewart, Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins, Larkspur Press, Porcupine’s Quill, Bird & Bull Press, Gaspereau Press, and Running the Goat Press – and for private presses in England and North America, and in particular Larkspur Press.
He has illustrated books by such authors as W.O. Mitchell, Wendell Berry, Ed McClanahan, Richard Taylor, Stuart McLean, Timothy Findley, Russell Smith, Mary Dalton and Don McKay.
Bates’ work is represented in public collections including, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Laurentian University, Glenbow Art Gallery, Grimsby Public Gallery, University of Kentucky, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and San Francisco Public Library - Special Collections.
He is the author of two books: Point of the Graver and In Black & White.