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.
Recent exhibitions include
2020 Embedded Revisited, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne; Scape, Tacit Galleries, 2019 Iteration Self, Tacit Galleries 2018 Iteration Arc, Tacit Galleries 2017 Pause II, Tacit Galleries; Iteration Part III, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne 2016 Iteration II, Tacit Contemporary; Iteration I, Tacit Contemporary 2015 Linear, Tacit Contemporary 2014 Medicated, Tacit Contemporary 2013 Striped, Tacit Contemporary 2012 Temporality, Tacit Contemporary 2011 Pixel, Tacit Contemporary; Pixelated, 69 Smith St Gallery, Melbourne 2010 Veiled in Plain Sight, Tacit Contemporary 2009 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
2021 St Kevin's Art Show, Melbourne; PINK, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne; Editions, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2020 Embedded Revisited; 20; Editions - all Tacit Galleries 2019 Pulse, Tacit Galleries; Burnie Print Prize, Tasmania; Editions, Tacit Galleries; 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 Galleries 2017 Shades of Grey III, Tacit Galleries; Peebles Print Prize, Queenscliff; ACMD Art Prize, Melbourne; Chromatopia, Tacit Contemporary, 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 Contemporary 2016 New Linden Art, Melbourne; Chroma, Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop; Coalesce ARI, Melbourne; Shades of Grey II, Tacit Contemporary; Eventide, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Editions, Tacit Contemporary 2015 Shades of Grey, Tacit Contemporary; The Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart; The Silk Cut Award, Melbourne; Editions, Tacit Contemporary