David Bates, Jr. creates portraits of artists, celebrities and people as well as on-the-scene and composed video works. He began shooting with video cams in the mid 90s, and has made over 500 videos. His work has been exhibited internationally in public space and cultural centers, among his best known composed video works are Bjork and Ryoji Ikeda in Times Square.
Bates has attracted press for his range of work in the arts, contemporary culture, and artistic spin in commercial projects for such clients as IBM, W Magazine, Starburst Candy, MTV, Capital One, Acura, MSN, Puma, Jet Blue, K*Swiss & others. His work was discovered by Interview Magazine founded by Andy Warhol, earning him the Award for Making People Talk – “his charmingly raw documentary-style shorts and off-the-cuff interviews with the likes of Christian Slater and Robert Wilson got the blogosphere – and the entertainment industry – buzzing.”
His artwork has been exhibited with Streaming Museum and international partnering organizations in public spaces and cultural centers on 7 continents, including Hong Kong, Macau, Dubai, Kvinesdal, Bucharest, Johannesburg, Antarctica, Toronto, São Paulo, Split, Melbourne, Sydney, New York City, 23 BBC screens across the UK, and other cities.