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David Bates, 1994

Bait Shop
acrylic and oil on canvas
213.4 x 162.6 cm
Collection of the artist. Courtesy
Charles Cowles Gallery
© 1994 David Bates

For his paintings, Bates consistently chooses subjects of humble origin, such as bait-sellers, who embody our nostalgia for an earlier, less complicated America. Iconic in their visual presence, his images remind us that the old values of loyalty and dependability, pride in work, and respect for nature have an enduring appeal.