ALREADY SIGNED UP?
BUILD YOUR WEBSITE

Exhibitions / Notices

SUBMIT View

Current notices

There are no notices at this time.

Today's notices

  • “10th Anniversary” Online Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for a..
    View notice

  • 15th Solo Art Series – Online Solo Art Exhibition Opportunity

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 15th “Solo Art Series”..
    View notice

  • Urgent issue of The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: URGENT ISSUE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL..
    View notice

  • 2020 Social Distancing Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    $1,000 in Artist Prizes. We know, you’re stuck at home. While many are stocking..
    View notice

  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
    View notice

  • Call for Art - 5th Annual Animal Kingdom Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Animal Kingdom online art competition. For..
    View notice

  • Call for Art - Still Life Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 14th Quarterly Art Competition – Still Life. For..
    View notice

  • 2 ARTIST/ 2 PERSPECTIVES

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The workshop offers an opportunity to have access to two outstanding painters who..
    View notice

  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    $4500 in Awards - The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites..
    View notice

  • Beacon Original Art Spring Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Annual spring 2-day art show and sale with different artists in attendance each..
    View notice

  • Nooks & Crannies Outdoor Art Festival: Call to Artists

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Okotoks Culture seeks proposals from artists to create temporary public art installations in..
    View notice

  • BORDERS - ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS BORDERS | Venice July-Nov 2020 ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival Deadline:..
    View notice

  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    April 4/5 2020. Learn how to quickly develop rich colour and surface in..
    View notice

  • $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , NY

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
    View notice

  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: CANVAS International Art Fair

    Location: London, UK,

    CANVAS International Art Fair THE LINE Gallery, London | May 07 – October 30,..
    View notice

  • 27th Lemonville Group of Artists Show and Sale

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    Please join The Lemonville Group of Artists for their 27th Annual Art Show..
    View notice

  • “Sensuality” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline April 30, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: A glance, touch, dance, flower, scent or piece of chocolate can..
    View notice

  • Artwork Shipping Scam

    Location: , AB

    This week an artist on our site was corresponding via email with an..
    View notice

  • Geoff Farnsworth: Colour Worker

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Join the Niagara Pumphouse for the opening reception for the exhibition entitled, “Geoff..
    View notice

  • Call for Entries: Art at the Pumphouse

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is now accepting applications for participation in Art..
    View notice

  • Exaltation : Niagara Pumphouse Instructors' Exhibition

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Niagara Pumphouse is proud to host the Instructors’ Exhibition as its first show..
    View notice

  • Art, Wine, Interior Design Show

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Art, Wine, Interior Design Show! Exhibitor opportunities for Visual artists, Interior Designers and Wineries. Finding..
    View notice

  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
    View notice

  • Land and Sky - 2 Artist/2 Perspectives

    Location: Windsor, ON

    PAINTING WORKSHOP AT SHO ART STUDIOS APRIL 3rd 4th and 5th 2020..
    View notice

  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
    View notice

  • In Other Words

    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
    View notice

  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
    View notice

  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
    View notice

  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
    View notice

  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
    View notice

  • Call to Artists - 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
    View notice

  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
    View notice

  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
    View notice

  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
    View notice

  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
    View notice

VIEW ADVERTISING

Max Bates

By Robert Amos March 28, 2007

Maxwell Bates (1906-2006) is a constant inspiration to me. The current show of a hundred of his paintings (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street, 384-4101, until July 2, 2006) sends me out of the gallery and straight to my studio, my mind humming with ideas. Bates’ biography is complex and can be best discovered, along with hundreds of his pictures, at the web site www.maxwellbates.net. In short form, he was born in Calgary, travelled to England on a cattle boat and achieved early fame at London’s Wertheim Gallery. He enlisted at the outbreak of World War Two and was immediately captured by the Germans. He spent the next five years working in the salt mines. Returning to Calgary Bates took up a successful practice as an architect and also studied in New York with expressionist painter Max Beckmann. A stroke in 1961 curtailed his architecture and he retired to Victoria where, until his death in 1980, he was a power in the art community, founding the Limners group of artists. This artist was a poet and an astrologer. He believed our lives are controlled by fate and the stars. His life experiences bore this out, for he had seen mankind at his best and worst. Bates had no tolerance for cant or pomposity, and he deplored the power invested in a uniform or a dogma. On the other hand, he honoured the dignity of all people as they faced the trials of the human condition. His paintings of prairie pioneers in standing doggedly in the wind are Canadian icons. painting by Maxwell Bates, "Standing Woman", 1969 Bates usually painted people, and he portrayed them as characters strutting and fretting their hour upon a stage. They are like tarot cards come to life, like chess pieces or marionettes. Through their costumes and heraldic devices his people take on symbolic significance beyond their day-to-day personalities. Consider his cast of cripples and gypsies trouping through a graveyard beside the fortune teller’s wagon - now there is a subject to set the mind reeling! His human grotesques are always set recognizable conventions. His portrait compositions borrow from Daumier and Goya, his genre scenes recall Rembrandt. Punch and Judy shows and the commedia del’arte influenced his settings. And he had an eye for a pretty girl in a newspaper photo too. This exhibition is carefully selected to present Bates as an expressionist artist. Not for him the sweetness of Impressionism, which curator Michael Morris called “the triumph of the bourgeoisie”. Instead, Bates came from a tradition of rugged, romantic individualists who created secular works in tune with the upheaval of revolution. Eschewing patronage, in his painting Bates is answerable only to himself. Coloured by the experience of modern warfare and the isolation of the man in the modern world, Bates created tableaux worthy of Samuel Beckett. The workman on their lunch hour; the lost souls at a gallery opening: “they all seem to be putting in time,” Robin Skelton has written, “waiting for something to happen that never does, they have no control over what the future holds for them.” Whether it be the beggar king or the scarecrow/crucifix, everyone in this world is crippled emotionally, if not physically. Bates himself understood human limits only too well, for he in his last years he was paralysed on his left side, walked with a brace on his leg and smiled a crooked grin. “His view of humanity and of human society was sombre,” Robin Skelton noted, “but it was not that of a moralist. He was not concerned to judge or condemn.” Beyond this rich poetry, I find Bates’ painterly technique inspiring. Though an excellent draftsman, he never let adademic drawing slow the impact of his images. “Simplicity, directness and intensity: these are the three things I am after,” he wrote. He knowingly incorporated accents of primitivism and cubism in his blunt style. He often incorporated geometric patterning, plastic lace doilies and rough passages of dry paint. He drew into his still-wet watercolours with India ink and let it bleed. He worked over pencil with watercolour and ink and gouache and crayons, layering on colours and imagery until they resulted in a painting as complex and resonant as his own thoughts. This retrospective was created as a centennial project by the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton). The curators were Nancy Townsend of Calgary and Victoria’s Michael Morris. Morris’s guiding intelligence is everywhere in this tribute to an artist he knew and loved. The catalogue, extensively illustrated in colour, contains insightful essays by David Silcox and the late Robin Skelton as well as Morris. As ever, I wonder why the rest of the country (not to mention the world) isn’t more aware of Bates, an artist of unique and engaging profundity. But here is the best of his work for each of us to be inspired by. Discover the web site and plan to visit this show.