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Dr. Anita Bates is a 2019 Kresge Arts Fellow and a native of Highland Park, Michigan. A contemporary artist, she has been exhibited in several venues including the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery; Dell Pryor Gallery; Detroit Artists Market; River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan; Querini Stampalia Museum in Venice, Italy; A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery in New York, NY and the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery in Oakland, California.
The artist and her work have been noted and reviewed in various periodicals and publications such as The Detroit News and Free Press, The Romeo Observer, Art News, BLAC Magazine, Imago Mundi: The Luciano Benetton Collection and Detroit Home Magazine.
Dr. Bates holds both a PhD in Education and M.F.A. in Painting from Wayne State University. She also has an MA in Studio Art with a painting concentration from Eastern Michigan University. Other accomplishments include a Fulbright Memorial Fellowship in
Japanese education and a King, Chavez, Parks Future Faculty Fellowship from Wayne State University. Her research interests center around the ways in which museum narratives can be used to promote critical thinking regarding systems of inequity and representation. Currently she serves as a lecturer and Program Coordinator for Visual Art Education and the Social Sciences at Wayne State University.
My work uses texture and space as its primary language. There is always the presence of a horizon or division in the surface that suggests an abstracted landscape. Perhaps this stems from a secret desire to be a landscape painter.
The environment and the ground upon which we walk every day is where I find greatest inspiration. Whether it be the channeled and striated surfaces of tree bark or the gravel and asphalt that I encounter everyday on the streets of Detroit, my paintings embody the travels of a city girl.
I use the principles of movement and pattern to navigate the various textures, shapes and spaces that one encounters when experiencing my work—the aforementioned elements and principles mingling to create a feeling of a rich tapestry or quilt.
It is my hope that the viewer becomes lost, even entranced when examining the multitude of layering that exists in my work.
This layering is metonymy in that it reflects the many facets of self —gritty and bold, yet elegant; And if painting reflects an artist's soul, then I can truly say that my surfaces are an extension of who I am.--Anita