Went down to the Creatively United for the Planet Festival in Victoria to hear famed Canadian naturalist painter, Robert Bateman give the keynote. Here’s Bateman’s bio.
Robert Bateman’s work is in many public and private collections, plus several art museums including the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY. He was commissioned by the Governor-General of Canada to create a painting as the wedding gift for HRH Prince Charles from the people of Canada. His work is also represented in the collection of HRH Prince Philip, the late Princess Grace of Monaco and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Bateman has had many one-man museum shows throughout North America, including an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; most of these shows have drawn record-breaking crowds. Recently, the retrospective show, The Art of Robert Bateman, toured Canada and the USA for two years, and a one-man show toured four cities in Russia.
His honours, awards and honorary doctorates are numerous: he was made Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian award in 1984. He has also been given the Rachel Carson Award (1996), the Golden Plate from the American Academy of Achievement (1998) and the Order of British Columbia (2001), and Human Rights Defender Award from Amnesty International (2007); he was named one of the 20th Century’s Champions of Conservation by the U.S. National Audubon Society (1998).
He has also been the subject of several films and television programs. It is in honour of Bateman’s contribution to art and conservation that one public and two secondary schools have been named after him. As well, he has been awarded 12 honorary doctorates. Bateman’s art reflects his commitment to ecology and preservation. Since the early 1960′s, he has been an active member of naturalist and conservation organizations, now on a global scale.