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Glyn Bateman


Born: Cardiff, The Year of the Snake (1977)

Artist Statement

Aphophenia, Patternicity and Me…

After gaining my BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at the University of Wales College Newport, I opted to enroll on the one-year full time MA in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design to expand and develop my practice that involves the use of photography and digital image manipulation.

My earlier work incorporated elements of collage and photomontage but over the ensuing months of the MA course I discovered that the use of repetition and pattern was becoming more and more apparent in my compositions and I had begun to explore themes concerning oppression, conformity, chaos and order. After experimenting with and constructing various pattern formations, I have come to regard pattern as an appropriate visual device to use in correlation with these themes because the elements that constitute the design of a pattern have to ‘conform’ to the greater scheme (gestalt) of the whole design. Pattern itself is authoritative. Also, based upon the principle of decorative design, patterns should reflect the sentiments of the age in which they are created.  My images, designs and patterns provide commentary upon: mythologies, conspiracy theories, symbolism, occultism  the paranormal, spirituality, technology and the human condition in the 21st century, and the ultimate panoptic control of contemporary society achieved though endemic surveillance.

Since having completed the MA, pattern has become an integral part of my work and I continue to experiment with creating pattern based compositions and images, producing them onto vinyl and other materials associated with advertising, signage and commerce,  photo-papers, C-Type prints, Giclée prints and fabrics. I have produced commissioned pieces as well as bespoke work for both print and web based output and through using pattern, I am excited to explore avenues of interior design, textiles, sculpture, set design and architecture.


Qualifications and Training

2008/09 MA PGDip. Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art and Design, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

1997/00 BA (Hons) Graphics, University of Wales College, Newport.

Publications / Articles

January 2011 – Owens, D., 2011. ‘Snap, Crackle and Pop!’, South Wales Echo, 29 January 2011. pp. 22-23.

January 2011 – Owens, D., 2011. ‘Pop goes the Easel’, The Western Mail, 28 January 2011. pp. 10-11.

December 2010 / January 2011 – (Cover Illustration) Giggle Magazine, Issue 6, December 2010/January 2011. Cover Artist Profile p.33.

August / September 2010 – (Cover Illustration) Giggle Magazine, Issue 4, August/September 2010. Cover Artist Profile pp. 24 -25.


September 2013 -  Artist Talk: ‘Patternicity. The Development of My Art Practice’, The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl.

Exhibitions / Shows

December 2016 – ‘Consumirrorism – Reflections Upon Recession’ Solo Show,  The Cambridge Art Salon, Cambridge.

July 2013 – ‘Great Summer Exhibition 2013′, Butetown History and Art Centre, Cardiff.

February 2012 – ‘Modern Perspectives’ – Exciting Pop Art Exhibition, Off The Wall Gallery, Cardiff.

September 2011 – ‘Natural Perspectives’, Off The Wall Gallery, Cardiff.

August 2011 – ‘Summer Extravaganza’, Off The Wall Gallery, Cardiff.

June 2011 – ’100:Postcards’, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff.

May 2011 – ‘Y Mabinogi’, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Corris, Machynlleth.

May 2011 – ’100:Postcards’, The Royal Standard’s Project Space, Liverpool.

January 2011 – ‘Art & Life’, Exciting Pop Art Exhibition, Off The Wall Gallery, Cardiff.

December 2010 – ‘Gifted’, Christmas Exhibition, Oriel Ty Coch / Red House Gallery, Cardiff.

October 2010 – ‘Budding & Bespoke’, A Celebration of Welsh Interior Design, The Dairy, Cardiff.

September 2010 – ‘Sex, Wales and Anarchy 3′, The Coal Exhange, Cardiff.

August 2010 – Giggle Showcase, Gwdihw, Cardiff.

August 2010 – The Dairy, A Designers Hub, ‘Launch Night’, The Dairy, Cardiff.

July 2010 – ‘Striking Contemporary Art’ Exhibition, The Dairy, Cardiff.

June 2010 – ‘Postcards from the Edge’ Exhibition, GPF Gallery, Newport, UK.

May 2010 –  ’The Big Fuss Art Bonanza’, Milgi Bar, Cardiff.

April 2010 – JazzCakes ’100:T-Shirts Project’, Studio B, Cardiff.

March 2010 – ‘Transistor’, The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London.

December 2008 – Celf Newydd /Newpart Live Art ‘December Showcase’, Newport, UK.

Degree Shows

September 2009 – ‘Creative Acts’ MA Final Show, UWIC.

May 2000 – BA Final Degree Show, UWCN.