b. 1952

Wesley Bates is a multi-disciplinary artist working in oil, acrylic, gouache, drawings, etchings, glass engravings, handmade books and letterpress. Primarily known for his wood engraving work, Bates has illustrated books by such authors as W.O. Mitchell, Wendell Berry, Ed McClanahan, Richard Taylor, Stuart McLean, Timothy Findley, Russell Smith, Mary Dalton and Don McKay.

Bates’ work is represented in numerous public collections public collections including, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Laurentian University, and the Glenbow Art Gallery. His work is held in private collections in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Japan and China.



Untitled (Two Birds), 2002

woodblock print A/P
signed, dated and numbered
image 9.75”h x 6.75”w 
framed 15.25”h x 12.25”w


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