George W. Bates

George W. Bates, Mykonos, 2005

George W. Bates, Artist


British born Vancouver artist George W. Bates favored subjects were the Pacific Northwest, California, and the street scenes and landscapes of Europe, especially France and Italy.

Bates was born in London, England. He came to North America in 1954 at the age of 23, living in Toronto and Los Angeles before settling in Vancouver, BC, in 1956. With a young family, at the age of 39, he quit his job at the Downtown Parking Corporation to pursue his lifelong passion of painting.

His approach to painting draws from both the realist and the impressionist traditions. On painting, George has commented that “the need, the desire, to paint or participate in any of the arts is innate and is incapable of analysis. I believe that it is one of the few traits that defines mankind”.

Light is what makes the paintings of George Bates appear spontaneous and effortless. The same way a musician internalizes the music he or she plays so that it seems that the piece plays itself is how George thought a painting should look, painted with ease and with magic.

Bate’s work has been widely exhibited. His one-man exhibitions have appeared regularly, usually each year or two during his career. His work has been included in various group showings, as well as prominent charity auctions, fundraisers, and professional art association exhibitions. He is represented in many private and corporate collections in North America, Europe and the Far East.

Bates is a Charter Member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists and was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2008.
Bates lived in West Vancouver with his wife Shirley until his death in 2009.