Saturday 23rd February - Wednesday 6th March 2019
Fred Bates is a 67-year-old veteran, who has been interested in art his whole life. He has been influenced by many themes: Old masters to camera obscura; realism to Van Gogh; Vermeer to Picasso.
During his twenty-five years in the Army, time to paint did not come easily. Doodling was the name of the game.
Fred suffers from some injuries, mainly PTSD, and uses art to ease the effects of this. At present he is painting in oils, but loves art history and also using old techniques such as egg tempera and casein,and copying Old Masters.
"I am from Darlington originally, and have always been interested in textiles but decided upon retirement to start art classes. Like so many people I was made to feel I had no talent when attending school many years ago. Art has opened up a new world to me, there is so much to learn and it is so challenging - frustrating too at times! I enjoy drawing, watercolours, collograph & lino printing.
The inspiration for my work comes from my surroundings, while travelling in our campervan, usually not far from a railway! Hence the name ‘Spotters Moll’, although I have not managed to paint pictures of trains as yet!!! Something to aim for!