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Robert Bateman ( 1930 – )

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An influential painter and naturalist, Robert Bateman was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1930. Interested in both art and wildlife from an early age, Bateman knew by twelve that both would serve to be his life’s passions. As a teenager Bateman became a Junior Naturalist at the Royal Ontario Museum, where he gained vital exposure to ornithology, field study, and specimen drawing. At the age of seventeen Bateman spent the first of three consecutive summers working on a government run wildlife research camp in Algonquin Park. His work at the park further developed Bateman’s skills as a naturalist, but also served to influence him as an artist. Three centuries prior, the same area had served as inspiration for various members of Canada’s famous Group of Seven painters. Bateman’s paintings from this period echo the post-impressionistic style seen in their landscapes. At eighteen Bateman won a Junior League scholarship for art tuition, which allowed him study with Gordon Payne at the Arts and Letters Club for two years.

Bateman attended the University of Toronto and received an honors degree in geography in 1954. While in school, Bateman took night classes in art from Carl Schaefer, whom he studied under for five years. Throughout this period Bateman participated in numerous geological surveys in Newfoundland and Canada’s Arctic, where he continued to sketch wildlife and collect specimens—many of which he donated to the Royal Ontario Museum. In 1955 Bateman received his teaching degree from the Ontario College of Education, thereby beginning a meaningful twenty-year career as a high school teacher. Bateman’s choice in career was in large part influenced by the freedom to travel that it allowed him. Having already traveled across the United States and much of Western Europe, Bateman embarked on a fourteen month expedition around the world in 1957. With one friend and a Land Rover, he journeyed across equatorial Africa, northern India, through the Himalayas into Myanmar, Thailand and India before culminating in Australia.

In 1963 Bateman saw an exhibition of Andrew Wyeth’s work at the Albright-Knox Gallery. The realism of Wyeth’s work served as a catalyst for Bateman, and he quickly shifted from the cubist and post-impressionist styles he had been working in. In 1963 Bateman moved to Nigeria to teach for two years, where he entered a Nairobi art competition. Until this point Bateman’s love of art and wildlife had remained separate, but the paintings of African animals that he submitted combined his two passions cohesively for the first time. While he did not win the competition, his art caught the attention of many patrons, and an American couple began selling his work from their gallery in Nairobi. Upon returning to Canada, Bateman continued painting and quickly gained a following in the art world. In 1976 Bateman stopped teaching to devote all of his time to painting, and after his first solo exhibition sold out opening night, it proved a wise career move.

 

Artist Works

Lot 183
(2012)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Cries of Courtship ()
oil on canvas
58 x 94 in
$109,250
Lot 256
(2016)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Above the Rapids - Gulls and Grizzly ()
acrylic on canvas
30 x 48 in
$81,900
Lot 115
(2010)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Fox & Maple (2007)
acrylic on board
16 x 20 in
$69,000
Lot 176
(2014)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Flying High (Golden Eagle) ()
acrylic on board
42 x 30 in
$46,800
Lot 216
(2015)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Great Cormorants ()
acrylic on canvas
26 x 60 in
$46,800
Lot 15
(2008)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
River Ford - Tiger (2007)
Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 48 in
$46,000
Lot 30
(2007)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Upon The Crag- Golden Eagle (2007)
Acrylic on Board
36 x 26 in
$43,125
Lot 69
(2008)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Looking into the Wind - Prong Horn (2005)
Acrylic on Board
10 x 20 in
$37,375
Lot 184
(2012)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Evening Light - American Elk ()
acrylic on board
28 x 48 in
$28,750
Lot 182
(2012)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Relics of the Old Days - Whitetailed Deer ()
acrylic on board
18 x 24 in
$25,875
Lot 28
(2014)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Great Blue Heron (1979)
oil on board
16 x 12 in
$24,570
Lot 29
(2014)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Woodland Drummer: Ruffed Grouse (1980)
oil on masonite
11.5 x 23.5 (sight) in
$18,720
Lot 95
(2015)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Moose ()
acrylic on board
7 3/8 x 11 5/8 in
$17,550
Lot 196A
(2009)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Big Sky - Bison Herd (2009)
acrylic on board
12 x 18 in
$14,950
Lot 124
(2014)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Dipper by the Waterfall (1981)
acrylic on board
14 x 24 in
$14,625
Lot 215
(2016)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Fresh Snowfall - Ruffed Grouse ()
acrylic on board
12 x 17 in
$14,040
Lot 125
(2014)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Untitled (Chickens) ()
oil on board
12 x 17.5 (sight) in
$12,870
Lot 214
(2016)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
European Robin and Hydrangeas ()
acrylic on board
8 x 12 in
$8,330
Lot 97
(2015)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Ocellated Turkey ()
acrylic on board
11 5/8 x 17 3/4 in
$8,190
Lot 196
(2010)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Vulture and Wildebeest (1975)
acrylic on board
24 x 36 in
$8,050
Lot 254
(2013)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Oyster Catcher & Bull Seal and Kelp ()
mixed media on paper
0 x 0 in
$2,340
Lot 165
(2008)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Young Elk Nursing (2008)
Graphite on Canvas
48 x 48 in
$25,000–$35,000
Lot 264
(2008)
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Cougar and Rocks (1980)
pen on paper
11.5 x 19.5 in
$14,000–$18,000
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
A Resting Place - Cape Buffalo ()
oil on board
28 x 48 in
$40,000–$60,000
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Big Black ()
acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 in
$40,000–$60,000
Robert Bateman (1930 –Present)
Swallow-Tailed Kite ()
acrylic on board
24 x 18 in
$10,000–$15,000