One look through Joey Bates selected portfolio and it's easy to see how this native of the state of Washington has established himself as an artist to watch locally, as well as nationally.
Joey Bates is a graduate of the Painting program at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan and his technical training is evident in his work. His work is often minimalist, spare, and detailed.
The Joey Bates flower illustrations that lead this collection were created using gouache on toned paper. Bates shows a penchant for pastel shading and a skill for creating an idyllic and peaceful image with very objects. His work is soothing, skillful, and understated -- the kind of art that many strive to create, but have trouble with establishing.
Rounding out the end of this collection are some of Joey Bates portraits of people. He manages to capture the complexities and variety of facial expressions without delving into caricature. His subjects carry a strong element of authenticity that informs the rest of his work.
Up next for Joey Bates: An exhibit that runs from August 4th-August 31st 2011 at Zeitgeist Coffee in Seattle, Washington.