Vale Piers Bateman 1947 – 2015

A great man Piers Dudley- Bateman has sadly left us after a tragic boating accident. We are proud to have represented him at Red Hill Gallery for 15 years and held many wonderful exhibitions at the gallery. He was our good friend, a beautiful man, with a wonderful sense of humour and love of adventure and life itself. Piers was a renowned artist and his memory will live on through the legacy of his art. It was never dull when you were around. Vale Piers Bateman

“ Piers, I will miss you, miss the funny photos you sent from wherever you were in the world, the personal Facebook messages, the many great stories you had to tell and the wonderful exhibitions we held at Red Hill Gallery. It was never dull when you were around. Having known you for 15 years I feel a great loss, my heart goes out to your family and also to Antonio's (your brother in law) who was sailing with you.” Margaret Campbell-Ryder Director Red Hill Gallery

Exact from Facebook post by Conrad Dudley-Bateman

“Droll thing life is -- that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself -- that comes too late -- a crop of inextinguishable regrets.” - Joseph Conrad, Heart of darkness

I was once told by David Astle that Joseph Conrad had spent years searching for a word to describe the Ocean;