Bill Bate


I have always been inspired by the human figure and the effect light has upon it. I have used various ways of portraying the body such as dance, swimming and also boxing but it is the body itself that interests me rather than the activities in particular. It is the physicality of the form and the beauty of the athletic figure that makes me want to paint.

I usually have an idea of how I want the painting to look but in some pieces the original idea moves into something else and I leave some of the older workings, the initial sketches and drawing, the “structure” as I love to leave that “energy” visible. I try to convey emotionally charged work using light and shadow as well as rich and contrasting colour. I want a level of realism but I also want to escape from the confines it can impose and react to the paint and image in a more expressive way.

I use a lot life drawing for reference but information and ideas come from all areas, films, books and magazines are all utilized to reinforce the imagery of the painting. Klimt, Bacon, Schiele, Leonardo Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Waterhouse are some of the artists that I have studied and that have had a great influence on my work.

Exhibitions since 1993 include:
Miarte International Exhibition of Art, Milan
Royal Society of British Artists
Centro Congressi, Aosta, Italy
New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London
Ottagono Arte, Venice
Figures at Victoria & Albert Museum, Gagliardi Gallery
Thompsons Gallery, London
Roy Miles Gallery, London
Adonis Art, London
Leighton House, London, Gagliardi Gallery
Affordable Arts Fair, London 2000-2013 October
Store Street Gallery, London
Karen Taylor Gallery, Twickenham
McNeill Fine Art Gallery, Radlett
Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth
Life – The Gallery, Farnham
Hollywood Road Gallery, Chelsea, London
Stephen Clayton Gallery, California
Gallery 27, Cork Street, London
Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London
Corte Real Gallery, Algarve
Outside The Square Gallery, Margate