A resident of Fulford Harbor, British Columbia, Robert Bateman became one of the foremost wildlife painters of the late 20th century. This statement is reinforced by the fact he was voted Favorite Artist by readers of "Wildlife Art" magazine in a millennium poll. He regards each work as a challenge, and is leary of becoming a formula painter, something that he feels is a plague on wildlife art.When one thinks of the real problems facing the planet and, indeed, civilization, at the end of the 20th century, the problem of whether art critics appreciate this form of art or that form of art or me seems so minuscule as to be virtually invisible. Being rebuffed by one’s peers in the art world is, of course, hurtful, but that has always happened and always will and it really doesn’t matter. It is still fun to discuss and dismember. . . I do it myself, as you may have noticed.
Bateman has exhibited 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 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. Two books of his art, The Art of Robert Bateman and The World of Robert Bateman, have also been published.
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