Robert Bateman was born in Toronto on May 24, 1930. Now aged
77, Bateman is an influential pioneer in his field of art, paying
homage to the world of nature. His respect for the environment is
undeniable and his constant pursuit to help others see the importance
of its fragility is extraordinary. Bateman says, "I can't conceive
of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet
Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I like to soak it
up, to understand it as well as I can and to absorb it. And then I like
to put it together and express it in my paintings. This is the way I
want to dedicate my work."
Since his first one-man
show in 1967, Bateman has had numerous sell-out exhibitions in the
United States, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa. His
paintings are in many prestigious private, public and museum
collections. 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.
Bateman and Beckett have a rich history. We have been working together since 1971 and have presented six major solo exhibitions. Bateman explains, "Unquestionably
the most important gallery in the development of my career was the
Beckett Gallery in Hamilton. I am delighted that Thomas Beckett Jr. has
carried on his father's tradition and I'm really looking forward to
showing my work at his gallery in Toronto this October."