George Bates Studio is the illustration studio of George Bates, specializing in illustration, hand lettering and public art.

What an image reveals and brings a person to think or feel is the primary interest of the George Bates Studio. This has led to collaborations with Virgin Mobile, MTV, Nickelodeon, The New York Times, the LA Times, Epic Records, David Carson and more.

George has created two permanently installed outdoor public art projects for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority-Arts & Design program that can be seen at 36th Street, Rockaway, Queens and Central Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn subway stations. He has also received a public art commission from the RTD FasTracks North Metro Line in Aurora, Denver now permanently installed as of Sept 2016 and is currently working with the Charlotte Area Transit System on a public art project to be installed in 2017. 

He is a Part-Time professor of Illustration at Parsons School of Design and has previously taught in the COMD program at Pratt Institute. At Parsons he created a new course offering that addresses overall problems and shortcomings in contemporary Illustration education and training. Sketchbook Warehouse is the class he's crafted and honed over the years to address these concerns as all of the best jobs, opportunities, learning, growth and open doors in his diverse career arc have come directly from his sketchbook interest and explorations.

His work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Society of Publication Designers, and the Promax BDA awards.

When he’s not creating thoughtful and engaging images he's probably surfing or thinking about surfing and how it’s a useful metaphor for everything.




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Partial Client List:

Boost Mobile
Burton Snowboards
Capricorn/Mercury Records
Charlotte Area Transit System
Comedy Central
Electra Entertainment 
Guitar Player
Head Snowboards
Jive Records
La Times
Men’s Health
New York City MTA
New York Times
Nick At Nite
Outside Magazine
RTD FasTracks North Metro Line
RCA Records
Sony Music
The Progressive
The N 
Tommy Boy
TV Land
Wall Street Journal
Virgin Mobile
The Wall Street Journal