John Bates (b 1945, Sydney) is an established landscape painter whose striking, delineated compositions are characterised by flat planes and vivid colour. Through the use of a minimal palette emphasising the two-dimensional surface, the work plays with ordinary perception of landscapes and seascapes. His process involves creating dense surfaces of colour. Bates has worked in the Arts Project studio since 1990, having presented two solo exhibitions at Arts Project in 2000 and 2006. He has been curated in numerous group exhibitions including Spring 1883; Melbourne Art Fair, National Gallery of Australia, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand; Gallerie Impaire, France and MADMusée (Belgium). His work is held by the National Gallery of Victoria, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and in private collections throughout Australia.