Wesley Bates is one of my favourite Canadian artists. I’m fond of wood engravings as an artform and I think Bates is one of our most accomplished engravers.

画家/打印机/书籍制造商,我也分享了少数作家,包括加拿大人W.O.除了美国土地诗人/散文家/小说作家温德尔贝利外,米切尔,蒂莫西Findley和James Reaney还有。Bates通过设计报纸的漫画和图形 - 在截止日期压力下占用的漫画和图形来踢他的商业事业。最后,我们分享了钓鱼钓鱼的热情。我的一个珍贵的艺术品是一个双重图像雕刻的飞钓鱼者着陆落在人造飞行的特写镜头上方。

Wesley Bates在工作中

Wesley Bates在工作中

I first met Bates in the winter of 2001. I interviewed him at Joseph Schneider Haus, the Kitchener museum where he was artist-in-residence. I later visited him at his storefront gallery/studio located on the main street in Clifford, Ontario. And we have communicated by email through succeeding years. I’m waiting for him to complete a wordless storybook devoted to fly fishing he’s been promising for a decade.

我对贝茨的初始功能开始通过断言他想成为画家,但命运有其他计划。1951年出生于育空(同年,我出生),他在不列颠哥伦比亚省和大草原上长大的小镇。他自1977年以来一直是艺术家。

在艾莉森大学学习绘画和印刷(专业化日本木刻)后,他于1980年搬到汉密尔顿。他在绘画上进行了绘画,但圣诞礼物改变了他的职业进程。这是一套木雕刻工具。

‘They looked like an elegant set of silverware,’ Bates recalled during a pleasantly wide-ranging chat. He began experimenting with wood engraving, a meticulously demanding form of relief engraving similar to woodcut developed in the late 18th century and associated with book illustration throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. ‘Working on wood intrigued me,’ he confirmed with a sense of wonder still in his voice.

然后一系列回忆和事件将Avocation转变为职业。当他在Kamloops,B.C中的高中时,他想起了Alistair Bell的木刻展览。甚至早些时候,他记得他母亲的一套插图书籍Jane EyreandWuthering Heights当他生病作为一个孩子时,他拇指后拇指。然后他访问了麦克马斯特大学的图书馆,其中包括一些关于木雕雕刻的书籍。

Finally he visited Gerard Brender a Brandis, a senior wood engraver living in Stratford who gave him support and encouragement. ‘Gerry was so sweet, he was so generous with his knowledge,’ Bates recalled. ‘Meeting him completed the loop.’ (I have met Brandis and ‘sweet’ is the perfect word to describe the artist.)

命运继续以一种鼓励的积极方式进行干预。一位朋友告诉Bates关于一个可以购买合理价格购买的旧版。与此同时,另一个朋友提供了Bates Studio Space,在那里他随后留下,直到他从汉密尔顿搬到Clifford,Ont。在1999年春天。

媒体和工作室,再加上他的增加skills, enabled Bates to open West Meadow Press in 1984. Operating his own press has allowed him to supplement his freelance illustration and engraving work with publication of high-end, collector-quality, limited-edition books and portfolios.

Although his private-press editions might be closest to his heart, he pays the bills through commissioned work for advertising and trade publishers, both small (Porcupine’s Quill) and large (Penguin, HarperCollins and McClelland & Stewart).

他的作品通过多个突出的加拿大作家(包括Stephen Leacock)(经典讽刺)装饰书籍一个小镇的阳光速写),w.o.米切尔(播放Willie Mac命令的黑色山坡), Timothy Findley (Harrowsmithmagazine columns来自石果园) and Stuart McLean (乙烯基咖啡馆故事)。

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As well, Porcupine’s Quill has published坟墓的点,一系列英俊的贝茨合作,伴随着传记笔记。在Joseph Schneider Haus的中职业回顾性展在Joseph Schneider Haus的40多件木雕,他是艺术家的居住权,提供了一项代表性的贝茨的工作。

The exhibition also included a display of ‘tools of the trade,’ consisting of a small vertical letter press from his printshop, a selection of gravers (engraving tools), end-grain maple blocks and metal type in a composing stick.

展会标题,Working Toward the Light那evoked the image of the engraver carving away from the highly polished end-grain maple portions of wood that are subsequently printed as white, thus ‘working toward the light.’ Bates himself has always liked referring to wood engraving as ‘drawing with light.’

The works confirmed his sympathetic affinity with the tradition of English private-press wood engraving popularized at the turn of the last century by William Morris and his followers in the Arts and Crafts Movement.

They encompassed a range of conventional artistic subject matter (still life, landscape, figure studies, genre). Many were either inspired by, or were in response to, literary works and themes, spanning mythological and classical sources to contemporary poetry and works of both fiction and non-fiction.

Many works reflected Bates’ own personality, especially his wit and humour, and his interests in music and musicians, nature and rural life, animals and birds, erotica and period costumes, the circus and commedia dell’arte. (PERSONAL NOTE: I wish there were more works devoted to fly fishing.)

展览亮点是雕刻专门为诗人詹姆斯·克雷尼的限量卷To the Avon River above Stratford, Canadaand for a limited-edition portfolio of companion engravings to poems by the celebrated American writer Wendell Berry, titledRoots to the Earth。(贝茨后来前往肯塔基迎接着名的农业作家;他们合作了随后的文学项目。)

在没有被他的艺术印象深刻的情况下,难以查看贝茨的雕刻 - 这是一种强大的愿景,敏感和工艺。他是一个大师。通过呼吸新的生命,成为一种明显过时的视觉表达形式,Bates正在进行他的份额,以确保传统雕刻过程的生存进入后现代后的技术时代。称之为木材雕刻信息时代。

Although I know Bates best as a master wood engraver, a trip to his studio and printery reveals an artist with a broader brush encompassing paintings in oils, acrylic and gouache; drawings; etchings; glass engravings; handmade books; and letterpress work.

In addition to the publishers mentioned above, he has done commissioned illustrations for Random House, Larkspur Press, Bird & Bull Press, Gaspereau Press, Counterpoint Press and Running the Goat Press. In addition to the authors cited above, he has illustrated books by Ed McClanahan, Richard Taylor, Russell Smith, Mary Dalton and Don McKay.

他的作品在公共收藏中占有代表,包括汉密尔顿,劳伦特大学,Glenbow艺术画廊,肯塔基州大学格里斯艺术画廊的汉密尔顿艺术画廊,托马斯费舍尔稀土图书馆和旧金山公共图书馆。他的工作在加拿大,美国,英国,爱尔兰,澳大利亚,西班牙,日本和中国举行了私人收藏。我的另一个珍贵的财产是木营地那a triptych engraving of a stream inspired by poems in Berry’sSabbaths 2006

2008年,Gaspereau Press发布黑白:木制雕刻犬奥德赛。这本书确认贝茨是加拿大最好的木雕鸟之一。它还证实他与笔或键盘一样方便,因为他与吐喷腾器或暗量的雕刻工具。

这是一个英俊的混合动力车 - 在艺术史上的个人备忘录。从2005年在美国发布的限量版更新和扩展,它将他的职业生涯追溯到他自己的西部草地上的自由插画和出版商。

通过它的142页贝茨告诉他如何参与木材雕刻,首先在汉密尔顿,后来在克利福德。他还追溯了浮雕印刷制作的历史,指出了木材切割和木材雕刻之间的经常误解的差异。

这本书中最愉快的一个方面是他与米切尔一起使用的回忆(牛仔和浆果)(这三个作家中唯一一个仍然和我们在一起)。White & Blackbrims with more than 75 illustrations.

我珍惜贝茨和浆果的粉丝窗口诗那a lovely trade hardcover published by Shoemaker & Hoard in 2007 based on the fine-press edition released by Press on Scroll Road. The collection of poems includes three wood engravings by Bates accompanying the text in addition to the cover illustration.

我必须购买Roots to the Earth下次我在克利福德。我有时会在我的途中开车穿过小镇,在梅特兰或赛雷涅河系上钓鱼。正如刚才提到的,Roots to the Earthwas1995年首次发表于Bates自己的印记。Larkspur在2014年在一家美丽的限量版100中重新发布了诗歌系列。论证出版社所有贝瑞的书籍,2016年出版了一个短篇小说,增加了一篇短篇小说,The Branch Way of Doing。贝茨被委托来雕刻新的封面图像并为故事提供两个雕刻。

毫无说说,我热切期待着他的钓鱼故事。

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