Piers Bateman was born in Perth in 1947 and grew up in Eltham,
Victoria where his family moved in 1954. In 1966 he went to London for eighteen months and
there began to paint seriously. On returning to Australia in 1968 he held a one man show at
his studio in Eltham and this led to exhibitions at the Munster Arms Gallery, Melbourne;
Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza and the Saddlers Court Gallery, Tasmania between the years 1968
In 1969 he built a studio in the bush skirting Melbourne and this setting was a powerful
influence on his work. In the immediately following years he often visited the waterfront
areas of Williamstown, Port Melbourne and Mornington.
Piers developed a fascination for the sea, its restless qualities providing a balance to
the tranquility and the timeless patience of the bush. This period also saw regular
painting trips throughout Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. Light aircraft
flights over much of western Queensland with artist Mervyn Moriarty in 1973 provided added
stimulus to the development of his artistic skills. In 1975, Piers spent a year sailing
in the Greek Islands aboard a fifty year old motor boat resurrected in Rhodes, eventually
sailing to Amsterdam via the French Canals. Before returning to Australia in 1977 he
crossed to London and spent two months painting the Thames waterfront. In 1980, Piers
ventured on a trans-Australian painting expedition with Marcus Skipper to Broome, Western
Australia via Alice Springs and the Tanami Desert, returning through the Kimberleys,
Darwin and Cairns. Due to the adverse physical conditions of this trip he experimented
with gouache as a medium for the first time. Working on large canvasses in oil back in
his studio, the gouache impressions were the basis of his Red Desert Series, a theme he
continues to develop. In 1981, Comalco Australia extended an invitation to visit their
Weipa operations giving further opportunity to explore remote areas of Australia. Later
that year he was the guest of Pilbara Resources.
1983 brought the artist back to the Mediterranean where he lived aboard his 38ft. ketch.
After spending almost a year in the Aegean painting, he sailed to Alicante, Spain where
he took a studio for the winter in the Bohemian quarter. In November 1986, Piers returned
to Melbourne, again concentrating on painting his beloved Australian bush.
Between 1986 and 1996, Piers spent a considerable amount of time working and exhibiting
throughout Australia, including several outback expeditions to the desert regions of
central Australia. He was also a guest of Western Mining Ltd. in the Great Sandy Desert,
Western Australia. In 1997 Piers set off on an adventure to Eritrea with surrealist
photographer Bill Moseley. He took with him a deep love of desert country that he had
developed in Australian and a curiosity to discover the desert in the African country.
Following this expedition, Pier's work was exhibited in Asmara, London and New York. 1999
saw Piers embark on yet another expedition into outback Australia, this time via the
Oodnadatta track, as well as being invited as Australia's representative at MAC 21, a
contemporary Arts Fair in Malaga, Spain.