Stephen Bates


In my art I am creating the impression of movement and much of my painting is inspired by music. My paintings are collages, using watercolor and acrylic paints. The collage technique I use employs cutting, usually with scissors, and on occasion mixed media. The collage technique allows me to set up a rhythm as I work, not unlike that of a jazz musician, improvising on stage. The twisting and turning of scissors as I work feels like playing music. I am a professional musician, I played clarinet in the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC for thirty six years. In my artwork, I have chosen to use musical ideas as a major force as I am painting. In particular I am layering shapes of cut pre–painted paper to give the impression of harmonies.




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