May 01, 2014

Of Marrow and Leaf: New Paper Cuts and Reliefs by Joey Bates
Opening Thursday, May 8, 5-8pm
On view through Monday, June 9, 2014

Ghost Gallery
504 E Denny Way at Olive Seattle, WA

"I find it compelling that some of the things we find beautiful and otherworldly can be so harmful to our well-being. Of Marrow and Leaf is a collection of cut paper pieces that explore the beauty of deadly plants in conjunction with the human figure. My intention is for these images to evoke a sense of memento mori, the notion that death is constantly present. While the fragility of life is not a revolutionary idea, I value taking pause to reflect on this simultaneously vital and lethal fact."

Preview of select works available upon request.

January 24, 2014

6th Annual Print Giveaway! I dropped the ball. I usually do my annual print giveaway at the end of the year, but the end of 2013 brought a change in residence and an upheaval of the studio. No worries, as the new studio is shaping up nicely. For those of you not familiar with my print giveaway every year, I give out 50 prints as a thank you to all of you that have supported me over the past year. This is open to everyone. Don't be shy!

Here's how the print giveaway works:
Be one of the first 50 people to email with your name and mailing address. Easy peasy. Don't forget to include your mailing address, which I'll need so that the print can find its way to you. Prints will be of a piece of art I select and will be sent out in the next two months.

In other news:
I am pleased to announce that I will be a participating artist in Ex Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books curated by Siolo Thompson. You can find more information about the show here:

In May I will be having my first solo show in ages. Information forthcoming.

Thank you for dropping by!

October 2013

I am currently finishing up portraits from a sale that helped me get to Iceland to collect new reference material. After the portraits are complete I will be working on new work for shows in 2014. In the meantime I plan on documenting my studio practice. You can now follow me on Instagram

jbatesportrait.mp4 from Joey Bates on Vimeo.

Thanks for dropping by,

June 26, 2013

I am pleased to announce that the fundraiser for Iceland has surpassed the $3,500 goal! Thank you to all who have contributed. When I started this fundraiser I had no idea the goal would be met within 25 days of it's start date. I am amazed by, and grateful for everyone's support. The additional funds raised will go toward indiegogo's commission and the trip. The fundraiser will be active until July 11th. If you are still interested in purchasing a zine, prints, or custom artwork feel free to go here:

Recent press:
Interview with Siolo Thomspon for Miroir Magazine
Interview with Assemble Shop

Thank you for dropping by,

May 22, 2013

Welcome to the new site!

Have a look around. A few new works have been added to the site! On the about page you can view a profile video by Christian Powers with music by Brian Cervino. A big thank you to Ashley Newcomer for the new design and all of her hard work.

In August 2013, I plan on traveling to Iceland to collect reference material for a new body of work. To make this trip a reality I am raising funds via You can see my pitch video above and more information on how to donate here:

Thanks for coming by!