Work & Bio

Catherine Young Bates

Born in Windsor, Ontario. Currently resides in Montreal.

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Catherine Young Bates paints what’s missing in landscape paintings: the wind and the weather.   As the wind blows and the sky darkens or brightens, there is an exhilarating feeling of recognition: I’ve been here before.  Because we not only see but feel the familiar, to look at her landscapes is to stand right in them. We are not looking.  We are there. Her aim with still lifes is similar, to convince the viewer of the vitality of the images.

Bates uses tube paints and pigment sticks and vibrant colours. Bates has had painting residencies in Newfoundland and Taos, New Mexico, and has worked across Canada and the United States, England and France.  She received her honours B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Toronto, and her M. Ed. from McGill.  She is a member of the RCA (Royal Canadian Academy) and PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists).  She wrote as art critic for The Montreal Star and several magazines.  Counterpane: Poems and Drawings was published by Ken Hertz. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Victoria University, Toronto in 2006.  She is an invited guest speaker and taught in the Fine Arts Department of Dawson College, Montreal for many years.  Her work is found in international private and public collections.


Studied at

McGill University, Master of Education, 1986
Baltimore Museum of Art, 1963
Maryland Institute of Art (graphics), 1962-3
Doon School of Fine Arts, Doon, 1960-1
U of T., Honours BA (Art & Archaeology), 1956
Ontario College of Education, 1957


2009- Visual Arts Centre Canada Council grant for catalogue for Hors limites/Out of Line, double
catalogue with Stewart Hall Retrospective. Curators Joyce Millar, Victoria LeBlanc
2007- Frank Waters Foundation Residency, Arroyo Seco, NM
2006- Distinguished Alumni Award, Victoria College, University of Toronto
2006- Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency, Taos, NM, Sept. 1-Dec. 15, 2006
2005 - Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist's Residency, Taos New Mexico
2004 - Pouch Cove Artist's Residency, NL
2001 - Elected Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA/ARC)
1992 - Grant and Award for research Explorations of the Self: Drawing and writing
The Canadian Give the Gift of Literacy Foundation and the Lydia Burton Award, with Linda Shohet, The Centre for Literacy, Montreal
1992 - Release Time Grant from Dawson College, Resource-Teacher Project
1978 - Canada Council Travel Grant, participant, 23rd Congress of
INSEA,(International Society for Education Through Art) Adelaide, Australia
1974 - Grant, Ministere des Affaires Culturelles, Aide Aux Expositions
1974 - Purchase Award, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Solo Exhibitions

2016- Centre d’art E.K. Voland, Montreal Nov. 2-8, curator Jean-Michel Correia
2015- Uplands, Sherbrooke, QC, Variations, June 28- Sept. 6
2015- Galerie du Theatre, Magog, QC. Horizons (drawings, paintings) 21 mai -21 juin
2014- Gallery at Victoria Hall, Westmount, QC, Oct.-Nov., curator Victoria LeBlanc
2014- Colby-Curtis Museum, Stanstead, QC, April & May, Intersections, curator Chloe Southam
2013- Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre, Valcourt, QC Sept. 29-Dec. 15, curator Monique Nadeau-Saumier
2012- Galerie d’Avignon, Montreal, November
2009- Retrospective, Stewart hall Art Gallery, Pointe-Claire, QC, curator Joyce Millar (catalogue)
2009- McClure Gallery, Visual Arts Centre, Montreal, Monochromes, curator Victoria Leblanc (catalogue)
2008 – Gallerie D’Avingion, Montreal, PQ
2006 – “Quai Series, Port-au-Persil” Roberts Gallery, ON
2006 - Quimby Gallery, Lyndon State College, Vermont, U.S.A.
2005 - Two Graces Gallery, Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A.
2005 - Galerie Gillygooly, North Hatley, Qc, Throughways
2004 - “Vistas XI” Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
2004 - “Icarus” Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, PQ,
2004 - Centre Culturel l’Union-Vie, Drummondville, PQ
2004 - “Islands & Outports” Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003 - “Vistas X: Soaring” Galerie d’Avignon, Montreal, PQ
2002 - “Vistas IX” Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001 - “Vistas VIII” Galerie d’Avignon, Montreal, PQ
2001 - Centre Culturel Azur, Magog, PQ
2000 - “Vistas VII” Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2000 - “Vistas VI” Galerie d’Avignon, Montreal, PQ
1999 - “Vistas V” Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON
1998 - “Vistas IV” Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON
1998 - “Vistas III” Visual Arts Centre, Montreal, PQ
1997 - “Vistas II” Galerie L’autre Equivoque, Ottawa, ON
1996 - “Vistas: This Land” Café Galerie, Montreal, PQ
1993 - “Cliff Series” Galerie Dan Delaney, Montreal, PQ
1989 - “Ecology Series II / Série Ecologique II” Galerie Arts Sutton, Sutton, PQ

Group Exhibitions

2016 - 2000- Roberts Gallery, Toronto-Artists Choice, Sketches, and other group exhibits.
2015- Galerie du Theatre, Magog, QC, Black and White, Feb. 5-Mar, 8.
2014- Galerie du Theatre, Magog, QC, group exhibition
2011- Visions, Painters of the Landscape of the Eastern Townships, Musée Colby-Curtis,
Stanstead, QC, June 17-Oct. 16 2011, Curator Pierre Rastoul
2010- Haut en couleur, Villa Bagatelle, Sainte-Foy, QC, Mar. 24-Aug. 22

2008 – “Quebec Artists” Roberts Gallery, Toronto
2008 – “Coast to Coast” Roberts Gallery, Toronto
2006 – “Quebec Artists of R.C.A., Works on Paper” John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2006 – “Artists Odyssey – Arctic” Varley Art Gallery, Unionville, Ontario
2005 – “EAST WEST Oriental/Occidental LANDSCAPES “Stewart Hall Art Gallery,
curator Joyce Millar, Pointe Claire, QC,
1997 – 2011 “Artist’s Choice” & “Sketches” shows, Roberts Gallery, Toronto.
2003 - “Perspectives: Women Township Artists” Bombardier Cultural Centre, Valcourt PQ
- “Vues Du Paysage” Visual Arts Centre, Montreal, PQ
- “Waterways of Canada” Roberts Gallery, Toronto ON
- “Salon du Printemps” Musée des Beaux Arts, Montréal
- “Faculty Bienniale” Dawson College, Montréal PQ (also 1992,94,96,99)
2000 - “Arts 2000”, R.C.A. National Juried Exhibition, Stratford & Toronto
- “Les Femmeuses” Pratt & Whitney, also years back to 1989
1999 - “Space and Place: Landscapes of the Eastern Townships” curated
by Monique Nadeau-Saumier
- “The park, an Artist’s Eye” Visual Arts Centre, Montréal PQ, Curated by
Victoria LeBlanc
1993 - “Around and About Drawing” Dawson College, Montréal
1992 - “Artist’s of Québec” Gallery 78, Fredericton, Florenceville & St. John N.B.
(also 1991)


Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, QC
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Sherbrooke, QC
New School for Social Research, New York, NY
Bank of Montréal, CI Mutual Funds, City of Westmount, Coca-Cola Company, Imperial Oil, Hutchins, Soroka & Dionne, David and Henderson, Polar Capital, Reader’s Digest, Royal Bank, Victoria University, University of Toronto, McGill University, Cogeco, Inc. Intervet Canada, Stewart Hall, Ville de Pointe-Claire, QC, University of Toronto, McGill University, Cogeco, Inc. Intervet Canada,
Stewart Hall, Vill de PointeClaire, QC, Pratt & Whitney, QC, Loto-Queubec,
The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM
Bishops University, Sherbrooke, QC

Represented at

Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON,
Correia Art Contemporain, Montreal,