During the 1970’s and early 80’s Ian worked in the field of illustration and graphic design, building a solid reputation with the publishing industry as an illustrator of children’s books and a designer and illustrator for academic publications. Ian worked with Douglas & McIntyre, UBC Press, Harbour Publishing and various other international houses.
From 1986 to 2012, he helped build Baseline Type & Graphics Cooperative into a thriving creative design studio working for major corporations, businesses, government agencies and NGO’s telling their stories through well crafted design and marketing solutions.
Since 2012 Ian has created his personal art using drawing, painting, photography and the Procreate app to create an impression, mood and emotion through the use of colour and form.
The art of typography is also a keen interest, influenced by William Caslon, John Baskerville for their wonderful type designs and Ian Hamilton Finlay, Dom Sylvester Houédard and Edwin Morgan, for their amazing concrete poetry. You can view some of Ian’s concrete poetry on his website https://www.ianbatesonstudio.com/graphic-art.
Ian has exhibited here in Vancouver and the UK samples can be also viewed on his website https://www.ianbatesonstudio.com/exhibitions.