Alan Bateman is forging a reputation as one of Canada's finest realists. He comes from a rich artistic legacy, where painting was a natural pastime. He has inherited the artistic gifts of both his father, internationally known artist Robert Bateman and his mother, Suzanne Lewis, also a superb watercolourist, Alan Bateman was born in Nigeria in 1965, grew up in Burlington, Ontario and moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia at the age of eight with his mother, sister and brother. Summers were spent with his father in Ontario's Haliburton Highlands. He received formal training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the mid 1980's. Influenced by the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Bateman's work also invokes prominent East Coast realist painters; Alex Coville, Tom Forestall and Christopher and Mary Pratt. Not surprisingly, for Bateman, life and work are intertwined in a natural process of discovery. He paints by observing familiar objects until they become part of him, and intuitive feeling that embodies his understanding of some place, some part of himself. "To paint, I have to live in a place for some time, so I can absorb my surroundings – I'm not comfortable driving around the countryside looking for subjects. Nor am I sure how the evolution works – it just happens while I'm doing things in my day-to-day life. Something worth painting will suddenly become apparent to me – shadows of elm trees against the house, light on a wall, the colours on a hardwood floor. Time and place are as important to me as the central object." He now lives in a 200 year-old farmhouse near Canning, Nova Scotia with his wife, artist Holly Carr and their two children, finding inspiration in the surrounding rural terrain of the Annapolis Valley, in addition to his summers in Haliburton.
Alan Bateman is a two-time recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Award. He's been very active with fourteen solo exhibitions and fourteen group exhibitions to his credit since 1987. He has exhibited extensively throughout Canada, including shows in Toronto, Halifax, Hamilton, Edmonton and Victoria. In the USA he has exhibited in Ohio, Oregon and Minnesota.
Alan Bateman has been working with Thomas Beckett since 1988 and this exhibition will mark their 6th solo exhibition together. Please join us at the opening reception to celebrate the work of Alan Bateman.
2009 Beckett Fine Art, Toronto, Ont, Solo Show 2006 Masters Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Group show Robert, Alan, and John Bateman 2005 Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, Solo Show 2003 Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, Solo Show 2002 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Solo Show 2002 "Red" Argyle Gallery, Halifax, NS., Group Show 2002 "Alpha Chalk" Argyle Gallery, Halifax, NS., Group Show 2001 Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, Ont., Solo Show 2000 West End Gallery, Victoria, B.C., Solo Show 1999 Zwickers Gallery, Halifax, NS, Solo Show 1998 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Solo Show 1997 Burlington Art Center, Burlington, Ont. Auction 1997 McNaught Gallery, Hamilton, Ont., Solo Show 1996 Burlington Art Center, Burlington, Ont., Auction 1996 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Solo Show 1995 Burlington Art Center, Burlington, Ont. Auction 1994 Gallery One, Mentor, Ohio, USA, Group Show 1994 Stevenson's Gallery, Oregon, USA, Group Show 1994 Burlington Art Center Auction, Burlington, Ont. 1993 Gallery One, Mentor, Ohio, USA, Group Show 1993 White Oaks Gallery MN, USA, Group Show 1993 Burlington Art Center Ont., Auction 1992 Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, Ont., Solo Show 1992 Gallery One, Mentor, Ohio, USA, Group Show 1992 White Oaks Gallery, MN, USA, Group Show 1992 Burlington Art Center, Burlington, Ont., Auction 1991 Burlington Art Center, Ont., Auction 1991 Gallery One, Mentor, Ohio, USA, Group Show 1991 White Oaks Gallery, MN, USA, Group Show 1990 Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, Ont., Solo Show 1990 Burlington Art Center, Burlington, Ont., Auction 1989 Windborn, Saltspring Island, B.C., Auction 1988 Beckett Gallery Hamilton, Ont., Group Show 1988 Beckett Gallery Hamilton, Ont., Views of Canada, Group Show 1987 Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Dartmouth, N.S., Solo Show