Robert Bateman was born in Toronto on May 24, 1930. 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 five 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.”