Anita Bates

VISUAL ARTIST

ABOUT ME.

Contemporary artist, Anita Bates has been exhibited in several venues nationally and internationally, including the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery--Detroit, Michigan; Dell Pryor Gallery--Detroit, Michigan; 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 most recently, Ashara Ekundayo Gallery in Oakland, California.
The artist and her work have been noted and reviewed in various publications such as BLAC Magazine, Imago Mundi: The Luciano Benetton Collection and Detroit Home Magazine.

Ms. Bates holds an MFA in painting and an MA in studio art.  She is also a 2001 Fulbright Memorial Fellow in Japanese education and most recently, a 2019 Kresge Arts Fellow in painting.  Anita has over 20 years of teaching experience in both, k-12 and post-secondary education and currently serves as Lecturer and Program Coordinator for Visual Art Education at Wayne State University.

 
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

       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

Paintings 2010-2016

 
Above and Below

Above and Below

Silhouette

Silhouette

Turaco

Turaco

Sugar

Sugar

Celestial

Celestial

Red River

Red River

Frankenthaler Tribute 2

Frankenthaler Tribute 2

Frankenthaler Tribute 3

Frankenthaler Tribute 3

rock and sky

rock and sky

Red Poppy

Red Poppy

Hama

Hama

Afro Pop

Afro Pop

Sweet Potato Farm

Sweet Potato Farm

Creamsicle

Creamsicle

Hypaethral

Hypaethral

Impatiens

Impatiens

Amber

Amber

Red Dot

Red Dot

Hilltop

Hilltop

Promise Land

Promise Land

Oyster Curry

Oyster Curry

small Horizon

small Horizon

Speckled Fish

Speckled Fish

Ephemera

Ephemera

Estamos Aqui

Estamos Aqui

Abdullah

Abdullah

Landscape 6

Landscape 6

Kenya

Kenya

Apartment

Apartment

Goldfish

Goldfish

Landscape 4

Landscape 4

Wyoming

Wyoming

Strega

Strega

Landscape 3

Landscape 3

Wild Things

Wild Things

Blackbird

Blackbird

Mack and Barham

Mack and Barham

Morningside

Morningside

Melt

Melt

Nest

Nest

Bird

Bird

Earth and Sky II

Earth and Sky II

Blossom

Blossom

Desert

Desert

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

Cherry Cola

Cherry Cola

Phallus

Phallus

Marshmallow

Marshmallow

Solar Flare

Solar Flare

Pea Pod

Pea Pod

Bronze Fish

Bronze Fish

Lava

Lava

Avian

Avian

City

City

Frankenthaler Tribute 1

Frankenthaler Tribute 1

Fallen

Fallen

CONTACT.

The artist is represented by G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

anitabatesartist@gmail.com

Tel: 313-580-9537

 

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