Late last year we introduced you to British expatriate artist Justin Bateman who had been surreptitiously creating and leaving behind beautiful stone artworks around Chiang Mai city and surrounding areas – a jungle trail, an edge of a lake, a quiet city soi, these were all places the lucky passerby managed to stumble across a familiar face created from pebbles and stones. There was something exquisitely of its time to his art. A British artist, finding himself stuck living in Chiang Mai through a global pandemic, quietly creating pieces of art featuring globally recognisable faces, with no expectation of fame or fortune… all to be left behind allowing nature and time to do with it as it will.
It seems that Thai media has just this week discovered Bateman and he is causing quite a stir.
Having been a resident for nearly two years now here in Chiang Mai, Bateman’s portfolio is growing and he is no longer just leaving his stones unturned as he turns away from them, Buddhist style.
“All major works remain impermanent. I have developed some permanent pieces combining ink with resin and stone. These pieces will be auctioned at a future date, to raise funds for Myanmar refugees. No price information is available yet,” posted Bateman on his Facebook page this afternoon. We shall keep you posted and updated on his works and exhibitions.