ROBERT BATES (b.1943)

Shropshire and Herefordshire Watercolours


Robert Bates moved to Shropshire in 1970, finding there a landscape and peaceful way of life conducive to the way he works. His paintings are deeply rooted in the area. But they are far from literal representations. Small, intense and technically demanding, each work is a pursuit to conjure a moment or memory and to convey the experience of a place.

Robert was trained at Birmingham College of Art and the Royal College of Art. He has had many one-man shows in the U.K., Ireland and U.S.A. His works are held by public collections around the world.

This small group of watercolours were, with the exception of nos.4 and 6, painted since March 2020 and the first ‘lockdown’.


Prices include a simple oak frame with museum glass
as well as postage and packing to UK addresses.
We can quote for sending works to international addresses.


This short documentary about Robert’s work was made by BBC2 in 1980.
We are grateful to Mike Southon, who shot the film, for allowing us to make it available here.