Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1930, Robert Bateman was 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 60s, Bateman rediscovered realism and began to develop the style that would make him one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature. In the 70s and early 80s, Bateman’s work began to receive critical acclaim and to attract an enormous following.
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. He was commissioned by the Governor General of Canada to do a painting as the wedding gift for HRH Prince Charles from the people of Canada. His work is also included in the collections HRH 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 honours, 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; they have sold more than half a million copies.