Bate works largely with oil and his particular characteristic is the nebulous smoky aurora surrounding striking life forms, which is enhanced only by his exquisite use of brush strokes. Read more –>
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Bill Bate He was trained at the prestigious Central Saint Martins School of Art in London & developed the knowledge and understanding of his practice. His atmospheric paintings focus both on the uses of dramatic lighting and above all on the human form and are emotional responses to the body in movement, at rest, and the body observed.
Early influences include the Italian Renascence period. He uses foreshortening, shadowing and detail to portray scenes that draw out the emotion of the viewer. Other influences are early works of Gustav Klimt, his primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism—nowhere is this more apparent than in his numerous drawings. Bill’s paintings are concerned with powerful opposites creating potently atmospheric pieces that are emotionally charged. His use of colour and movement embodies the complexities and excitement, as well as the violence and tenderness of the human experience.
The passionate and curiously spiritual aspect of his work lends great elegance and power, demanding instant response and later, gentle contemplation to fully appreciate the inherent beauty of his work.
Land and seascapes are also great sources of inspiration, again it is the dramatic effect of light that makes Bate want to paint and capture some of the serenity, strength and beauty of our countryside.
Style: figurative landscape