Ed Bats’ mixed-media practice makes use of commercial and industrial materials, with an interest in the cross over between the ready-made and abstraction. Often drawing upon whatever materials are at hand, his new series of paper collages were made while staying in the Lake Hayes district on the south island of New Zealand.
Based in New Zealand, Bats works across painting, collage, sculpture and installation. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and produced murals around New Zealand, Australia and European countries inc. Germany, Austria, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland and Croatia. Bats is a three time finalist for the Wallace Art Prize (NZ) and has numerous works housed within the Wallace Collection. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition in Hastings, New Zealand, at Parlour Projects (2017) and a temporary installation in Fort Tekapuna for the NZ onShore sculpture festival (2016).
Lake Hayes is his first exhibition Gallery 9.
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