JULY 8 - 31, 2011


Jettison is a series of new paintings by Toronto-based artist Temple Bates, coinciding with the launch of her book Hermoddities. Signed copies will be available for purchase at the opening reception.

"The sensibility has me fuddling back through my memories for drawings by Dr. Seuss, whose creations like those in a Bates painting, look uncannily like self-portraits with fur added. Bates takes figures from childhood imaginings — sea monsters, wooly toy-creatures, over-sized facial features — and puts them in the context of classical portraiture and naturalist landscape. This synthesis, I believe, encapsulates one of the major dialogues in modern art we're having today about maturity and youth."

- Lee Henderson

“Bates’ paintings are as odd as her Catpeeps but there is so much more here. Each one is a character, a woolly-cheeked critter with a backstory, living in forests, but sitting uncomfortably long enough to be painted. There is a sense of timelessness here; are these creatures medieval or futuristic, children or old men? Hermetic oddities, hermaphrodities. Sometimes cute, sometimes cruel.”

- Andy Brown, publisher, Conundrum Press

Carousel, 2011, oil on canvas, 28 x 28 inches SOLD

Group Portrait, 2011, oil on canvas, 15 x 20 inches 

Jettison, 2011, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches SOLD

Rainbow Ribbon Lion, 2011, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches

Woolly Cheeks, 2011, oil on canvas, 23 x 19 1/2 inches

Ginger Beards, 2011, oil on canvas