TJ Bateson

TJ Bateson's art practice is heavily driven by process. It is machine-like, but not arbitrary; scaffolded by mechanisms but still showing the traditional hand-painted line of the brush. The simple replication of a line until it becomes a field of immersive colour and tone. It is ultimately a journey of freedom and triumph as much as it is a production of subtle beauty. The elaborate richness of the surface is a testimony to what can be done with one simple line if you repeat it often enough. Immersive, his work functions as a healing and meditative activity in its repetition. His subdued tonal range calls our attention to the whispered differences between shades and tones: heavily layering his marks and gestures. 





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Exhibitions at Tacit Galleries include:
2023 -
The two of us


2022Tacit Voices


2018 Iteration Arc


Exhibition history (selected) 
2023 The two of us, Tacit Art, Melbourne
2022 Tacit Voices [Redux], Tacit Art, Melbourne
2020 Embedded Revisited, Tacit Art, Melbourne
Scape, Tacit Art 
2019 Iteration Self, Tacit Art
2018 Iteration Arc, Tacit Art 
Pause II, Tacit Art
Iteration Part III, Tacit Art, Melbourne 
2016 Iteration II, Tacit Art
Iteration I, Tacit Art 
2015 LinearTacit Art
2014 Medicated, Tacit Art 
2013 StripedTacit Art
2012 TemporalityTacit Art
2011 Pixel, Tacit Art
Pixelated, 69 Smith St Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Veiled in Plain Sight, Tacit Art
Woven Fields, City Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Fields, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2004 Em'bedded, Gallery NewQuay, Melbourne
Em'bedded,  Horsham Regional Gallery
2001 Em'bedded, City of Glen Eira Gallery

2023 SUBSTRATE 23, Tacit Art, Melbourne
Bound Pigment: Celebrating Paint, Tacit Art, Melbourne
2022 TACIT Still Life Prize, Tacit Art
Tacit Voices, Tacit Art
SUBSTRATE 22, Tacit Art
Superimposed, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
St Kevin's Art Show, Melbourne 
PINK, Tacit Art
Editions, Tacit Art
2020 Embedded Revisited,
Tacit Art
20[2020], Tacit Art
Editions, Tacit Art 
2019 Pulse, Tacit Art
Burnie Print Prize, Tasmania
Editions, Tacit Art
Impress, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
2018 Summer Salon, Collins Place Gallery, Melbourne
The Exquisite Palette, St Luke, Melbourne
Small Works, Red Rock Regional Gallery, Cororooke
Eventide, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW
Editions, Tacit Art
2017 Shades of Grey III, Tacit Art
Peebles Print Prize, Queenscliff
ACMD Art Prize, Melbourne
Chromatopia, Tacit Art, Melbourne
Moreton Bay Art Prize, Queensland
Print Council of Australia Commission - Handmark Gallery, Hobart; West Gallery, Adelaide; Impress Gallery, Brisbane; Sydney Contemporary; Mundaring Arts Centre, WA; Collins Place Gallery, Melbourne
Editions, Tacit Art
2016 New Linden Art, Melbourne
Chroma, Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop
Coalesce ARI, Melbourne
Shades of Grey II, Tacit Art
Eventide, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Editions, Tacit Art
2015 Shades of Grey, Tacit Art
The Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart
The Silk Cut Award, Melbourne
Editions, Tacit Art