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Fruita artist Jeff Bates creates unique art through welding

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Jeff Bates, a Fruita resident, stands next to one of his favorite pieces — a sculpture with a southwestern feel, turquoise detailing and re-purposed hardware pieces.
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SEE THE ART

While Jeff Bates has many benches on display throughout Fruita, he also works out of his home, which is located at 1398 16 Road in Fruita. Give him a call at 970-858-1394 and set up a time to see current pieces for sale.

Bates also takes requests; if you can think it, he can make it. He loves challenges and to create one-of-a-kind art and furniture.

Also check out his current works at http://www.skyriverranch.com or on Facebook at Jeff Bates Art.

The next time you relax on a bench in Fruita, turn around and look at the detail. Is it the shape of a dinosaur? What about the end of a car? All of these pieces are done by Fruita resident/artist Jeff Bates.

Ever since high school, Bates used welding as a way to express himself.

Later, when he lived in Oklahoma, he worked as a welder for structures and oil fields. But in his free time, he found himself making pieces of art with metals and hardware.



Today, he creates a variety of art using new and old metals, along with incorporating unique pieces like old motorcycle parts or even coat hangers. His art isn’t all metal work either — adding pieces of turquoise, copper, chrome, and wood as accents.

“I get an idea and it turns into a whole string of ideas connected to the original piece,” Bates said.



Some recognizable pieces include more than 30 park benches and a horse made out of 1,000 horseshoes in Fruita.

“The horse took about three years to figure out in my mind, and a week to build,” Bates explains.

Bates plays with different styles of art and themes, too.

His current pieces are focused on southwestern, steam punk, and industrial styles. He is also working on a hot rod for a customer in Oklahoma.

“I enjoy mixing it up and it lets me explore,” Bates said.

The welding artist also pays attention to detail. He loves adding faces and uses expressions for added personality into his characters.

And Bates’ art isn’t limited to metal sculptures; he also makes furniture, railings, chandeliers, bed frames, and vanities. He receives many requests from interior designers and contractors for creating unique pieces for custom homes.

One of his more recent home pieces was a stair railing at Gateway Canyons Resort.

“Not one piece is the same,” Bates said. “They may look similar, but I try to experiment and do something different with the piece each time I make it.”

He also puts movement into his pieces and to make the art usable — adding lights, movable arms and bodies, and weather vanes.


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