Robert Bateman was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1930 and has been a keen artist and naturalist from his early days. Bateman painted wildlife and wilderness in a representational style until his teens when he began to interpret nature using a variety of contemporary styles including post-impressionism and abstract expressionism. In the early 1960s, Bateman rediscovered realism and began to develop the style that would make him one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature.
Since his first one-man show in 1967, Bateman has had numerous sell-out exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Great Britain. His work is in many public and private collections, including several art museums and was even commissioned by the Governor General of Canada to do a painting as the wedding gift for HRH The Prince Charles from the people of Canada. His work is also included in the collections HRH The Prince Philip, the late Princess Grace of Monaco and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Bateman has had many one-man museum shows throughout North America, including an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; most of these shows have drawn record-breaking crowds. His honors, awards and honorary doctorates are numerous, he was made Officer of the Order of Canada, our country’s highest civilian award. He has also been the subject of three films. Two books of his art, “The Art of Robert Bateman” and “The World of Robert Bateman”, have made publishing history by selling over half a million copies.
The Art of Robert Bateman
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