All Hung Up

You’ve a smile more mysterious than Mona, better headwear than Whistler’s mom, and coloring lovelier than Warhol’s Marilyn.

Let Joey Bates paint your punim. The professional artist works in graphite and gouache to create faceted depictions of his subjects.

Bates’s technique involves layering spheres to compose an almost topographical map of the face and anatomy, constructing a subtle muscular foundation that remains through completion. He then applies bright colors in moderation, allowing a black or white background to remain dominant. He’ll also work in oils or insert intricate paper cutouts into a portrait upon request.

At an initial session Bates takes photos from which to work and gets to know his subject’s disposition.

So look a mused.

Available by e-mail order (joey@joeybates.com). View Bates’s work through May 31 at Caffe Fiorè, 224 West Galer Street (206-282-1441 or caffefiore.com). For more information, go to

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224 W Galer St
@ 2nd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119