‘In the studio there is one constant, which is music. It’s an integral part to my art making and serves as a form of escapism. The latest paintings were driven by a near obsessive barrage of minimal and ambient music and soundscapes. Phillip Glass for breakfast, Boards of Canada for lunch, a bit of Susumu Yokotas “Sakura” for dinner, topped off with a fiendish amount of minimal techno. The constant sit down, stand up, stare, paint, stare, sit down repetition is fuelled by my own visual interpretation of the moods and compositions that I find myself listening to on a daily basis. I am convinced of the coexistence of painting and music.’
–Ed Bats, 2017
ED BATS (b. 1990) was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He has exhibited in New Zealand and internationally at The Young, Wellington, Parlour Projects, Hawkes Bay and various galleries throughout Europe. In 2016 Bats undertook artist residencies in Berlin, Germany and Lyon, France. He is a three-time finalist for the Wallace Art Awards and has works housed within the Wallace Collection and various private collections. He currently resides in Wellington, New Zealand. The Smallest Weird Number is his second solo exhibition at Gallery 9.