Overview

The artist known as Ed Bats adopted a pseudonym during his days as a graffiti artist, covertly painting murals on streets around Aotearoa and across Europe. Perhaps as a result, Bats’ works are imbued with a certain architectural quality that is evident in both their physicality and construction.

 

Bats combines hard-edged abstraction with a minimalist aesthetic to create works that push at the limits of composition and form. His careful and constant working and re-working is laid bare in every stroke of paint, each exacting line or gesture. Often entire paintings are virtually obliterated, their surface painted over leaving only glimpses of the anterior colour and form beneath; similar to a graffiti wall that has been repeatedly whitewashed. Other works see a meticulous layering of vertical forms that have the appearance of architectural planes or structures stacked one behind another. This exhibition also sees a shift in physicality and scale; large canvasses with great swathes of flat vivid colour immerse the viewer and lend an optical quality to the works.

 

Many works are more akin to objects than paintings. The artist often incorporates second-hand furniture and household items into his practice – from window blinds to coffee tables – to create assemblages that oscillate between painting, sculpture, and installation. With a love of design and reviving vintage furniture, Bats revels in the process of making and constructing – from stretching his own canvases, to fabricating custom-made frames.

Exhibitions
Works
Biography

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Creative Technologies Majoring in Visual Arts, Wellington Institute of

Technology

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 Bootleg Utopia, Page Galleries, Wellington

2019 The Woburn Wormhole, Parlour Projects, Hawke’s Bay

The State of It, Gallery 9, Sydney

2018 Insert Disc 2, Parlour Projects, Hawke’s Bay

2017 Old Bak Ache, State Gallery, Auckland

The Smallest Weird Number, Gallery 9, Sydney

Bauza Island, Parlour Projects, Hawkes Bay

2016 Lake Hayes, Gallery 9, Sydney

She’s my best friend, The Young, Wellington

2014 Outpost 31, The Young, Wellington

The Swimsuit Issue, Rooftop Artspace, Melbourne

2013 Two Headed Boy, August.13, Wellington

Minors at Night, The Young, Wellington

2011 Milkwood Place, Russian Frost Farmers, Wellington

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 Augmented Reality Gallery 9, Sydney

2019 Speed Dating 3.0, play_station, Wellington

2018 Sydney Contemporary, Gallery 9, Sydney

Speed Dating, play_station, Wellington

Auckland Art Fair Parlour Projects, Hawke’s Bay

2017 Pink Bits, Precinct 35, Wellington

2016 NZ Onshore Sculpture Festival, Fort Takapuna Auckland

What The Weekend Is, Urban Spree, Berlin

The Young Ones, The Young, Wellington

2015 Street Hawker, The Young, Wellington

Ed Bats and Don Driver, The Young, Wellington

LAOU Collective Residency, Urban Dream Brokerage pop-up space, Wellington,

2014 The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom by Simon Denny (Supporting mural artist),

Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

Buy Enjoy, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

Young & Gifted, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

2013 Buy Enjoy, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

Project #2, I We╩╝re Them, Wellington

2012 Like a Glove, Good as Gold, Wellington

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2016 The Young, Wellington

I–A–M, Liegenschaft, Berlin, Germany

Atelier, Lyon, France

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