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Item Name: Print
Title: Bete du Soleil
Maker: Pat Martin Bates
Year: 1965
Country: Canadian
Materials: intaglio
Measurements: in frame: 61 cm x 70.5 cm; work: 39 cm x 39 cm
ID Number: ART 009
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: The title of this artwork by Pat Martin Bates, “Bete du Soleil” translates directly as “Beast of the Sun” and reflects her lifelong fascination with sunlight. As a teen she suffered a major back injury. During her recovery, she spent long hours looking at the light streaming through the leaves of the tree outside her window. Today, she is internationally regarded for her work in printmaking, and for her experiments in sculpture, installation and photography: creating lightboxes and perforated artworks that resemble stars when illuminated. This etching, a highly textured image and richly coloured with golden yellow ink, looks collaged—as if the surface of the page has been built up with scraps of crumpled paper and other items. Looking closely, you can see impressions from objects such as the tabs from bread bags pressed into the page. This method of combining and building an image is a technique Bates still uses in her print making, although her more recent works have evolved from exploring abstraction to more figurative and symbolic imagery inspired by her study of metaphysics. Patricia Martin Bates, R.C.A. (1927 - ) Pat Martin was born in St. John, New Brunswick. Her parents encouraged her talent at an early age, building a studio for her in the garden. The family moved to Moncton during her school years. At 12, she began rigorous training with the post-impressionist painter, Stanley Royale, R.A. at Mount Allison University. In 1948, she married Clyde Bates, a musician and soldier. His postings took them to Europe, where she studied art, graduating with honours from the Royale Academie des Beaux Arts (Belgium). She continued her studies at l' Institute National Superieur des Beaux Arts (Holland); the Sorbonne (Paris), and the Pratt Graphic Centre (New York). After a short time in Ottawa, the Bates and their children moved to Victoria. Pat established her studio, and joined the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria (1965), becoming a professor in 1977. Pat Martin Bates has received numerous honours, including the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, the Zachenta medal (Poland), and the International Print Art of Norway Gold Medal. Her artwork has been widely exhibited internationally, and is the subject of a book: “Pat Martin Bates: Dancing on a Thread” (Frontenac, 2014).