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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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Whats' Better Than Overcast by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Ed BatsWhats' Better Than Overcast, 2021Acrylic and oil stick on canvas, artists frame
190 x 162 cm
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Too serious to be taken seriously by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ed BatsToo serious to be taken seriously, 2021Acrylic, mdf, polyurethane and canvas
135.5 x 116.5 cm
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The opinion by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Ed BatsThe opinion, 2021Acrylic and oil stick on canvas
160 x 100 cm
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Great idea! Let's do it by Ed Bats contemporary artwork painting
Ed BatsGreat idea! Let's do it, 2021Acrylic on canvas, 3 parts
27.8 x 217.6 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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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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