Primarily known for his Wood Engraving work, Canadian artist Wesley W. Bates has illustrated for major publishers such as McClelland & Stewart, Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins, Larkspur Press, Porcupine¹s Quill, Bird & Bull Press, Gaspereau Press, and Running the Goat Press. He has illustrated books by such authors as W.O. Mitchell, Wendell Berry, Ed McClanahan, Richard Taylor, Stuart McLean, Timothy Findley, Russell Smith, Mary Dalton and Don McKay.
 Bates’ work is represented in public collections including, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Laurentian University, Glenbow Art Gallery, Grimsby Public Gallery, University of Kentucky, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and San Francisco Public Library - Special Collections.  His work is held in private collections in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Japan and China.