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Bateman,Robert

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Website  http://www.robertbateman.ca/

Artist Profile

Robert Bateman was born in 1930 and grew up in Toronto. From his earliest days he has been keenly interested in both art and nature. Although he was a high school teacher for 29 years he never considered art and nature as mere hobbies, but as an integral part of his whole quality of life. Photo by Birgit Freybe Bateman By the 1970's his art had attracted such an enormous following that he pursued it full time; here are a few highlights of his career: his paintings appear in the collections of many art museums as well as in those of Prince Phillips and Prince Charles he has had a large number of museum shows of his work, the most spectacular of which drew record-breaking crowds at the Smithsonian Institution there are 4 best-selling books on his life and work as well as several films his honours and awards are numerous and include Officer of the Order of Canada as well as 9 honourary doctorates from Canadian and American universities he has had two schools named after him, a public school in Ottawa and a high school in Abbotsford, B.C. In 1957 - '58 Robert Bateman traveled around the world by Landrover. He taught high school in Nigeria from 1963- '65 and his first son was born there. He now has 5 children. He and his wife Birgit have lived with their two sons on Salt Spring Island since 1985. Since the early '60's Bateman has been an active member of naturalists clubs and conservation organizations. This involvement has now reached a global scale as he has become a spokesman for many environmental, preservation and political issues. He has used his artwork and limited edition prints in fundraising efforts which have provided millions of dollars for these worthy causes. He says: "I can't conceive of anything more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. Its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to observe it and to understand it as well as I can. And then I'd like to put it together and express it in my painting. This is the way I want to dedicate my life." to see more work of Robert Bateman visit : www.naturesscene.com

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