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Ed Bats Biography

'In the studio there is one constant, which is music. It's an integral part to my art making and serves as a form of escapism. The latest paintings were driven by a near obsessive barrage of minimal and ambient music and soundscapes. Phillip Glass for breakfast, Boards of Canada for lunch, a bit of Susumu Yokotas "Sakura" for dinner, topped off with a fiendish amount of minimal techno. The constant sit down, stand up, stare, paint, stare, sit down repetition is fuelled by my own visual interpretation of the moods and compositions that I find myself listening to on a daily basis. I am convinced of the coexistence of painting and music.' – Ed Bats, 2017

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Ed Bats was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He has exhibited in New Zealand and internationally at The Young, Wellington, Parlour Projects, Hawkes Bay and various galleries throughout Europe. In 2016 Bats undertook artist residencies in Berlin, Germany and Lyon, France. He is a three-time finalist for the Wallace Art Awards and has works housed within the Wallace Collection and various private collections. He currently resides in Wellington, New Zealand.

Ed Bats Featured Artworks

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Flatline by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ed BatsFlatline, 2020Acrylic & enamel on canvas
140.5 x 100.5 cm
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Beware the wedge by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ed BatsBeware the wedge, 2021Acrylic, aerosol vinyl on canvas
171 x 120 cm
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Reduction derby by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ed BatsReduction derby, 2021Acrylic suede on canvas
168 x 110 cm
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He melts, we melt. by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ed BatsHe melts, we melt., 2021Acrylic vinyl on canvas
157 x 94 cm
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Farewell spit by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ed BatsFarewell spit, 2021Acrylic suede on canvas
168 x 100 cm
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Alternate Ending by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting
Ed BatsAlternate Ending, 2020Enamel and acrylic on canvas
136.5 x 83.5 cm
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Asbestos Beatdown by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting
Ed BatsAsbestos BeatdownAcrylic and enamel on canvas
136.5 x 91 cm
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Don't be suspicious by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Ed BatsDon't be suspicious, 2020Enamel, acrylic, oil stick, paper collage and gel medium on canvas
67.5 x 47.5 cm
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Ed Bats Recent Exhibitions

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Ed Bats Represented By

Gallery 9 contemporary art gallery in Sydney, Australia Gallery 9 Sydney

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