Temple Bates

Graphic Novel / Art

ISBN 978-1-894994-57-6
6×6 inches, 192 pages, full colour
July 2011


Who are the Hermoddities? They look and look. Why not challenge them, confuse them? Are these
creatures medieval or futuristic, children or old men? Hermetic oddities, hermaphrodites. Sometimes
cute, sometimes cruel. Hermoddities is a lively collection of comics and oil paintings created by
Toronto based artist Temple Bates. This collection of work spans over ten years and includes two collaborative stories drawn with Winnipeg artist Drue Langlois, formerly of The Royal Art Lodge. Within
these pages exists an extraordinary world made up of furry oddities, anthropomorphs and omnipotent
creatures. Why not pay them a visit? There will be no unpleasantness about it at all.

“The sensibility has me fuddling back through my memories for drawings by Dr. Seuss, whose creations, like those in a Bates painting,  look uncannily like self-portraits with fur added. Bates takes figures from childhood imaginings — sea monsters, wooly toy-creatures, over-sized facial features — and puts them in the context of classical portraiture and naturalist landscape. This synthesis, I believe, encapsulates one of the major dialogues in modern art we’re having today about maturity and youth.” — Lee Henderson

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