Born in Liverpool, British painter Bill Bate graduated from St. Martin’s school of art with a BA in fine arts. He works largely with oil and his particular characteristic is the nebulous smokey aura surrounding striking life forms which is enhanced only by his exquisite use of brush strokes.
“I want the paint to have a life of its own and so leave its application quite loose at times. I endeavour to escape the confines that realism can impose, leaving more expression and less constraint.”
His clever use of light and shade evoke a very atmospheric mood in his work and even a sense of spirituality. His brushwork achieves a contrast of both realism and a more free and expressive style in his work, creating a less defined and more mystical feel to many of his paintings. By the use of dramatic light his atmospheric works are emotional responses to the body in movement, at rest, and the body observed.