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Robert Bateman, wildlife artist

The Story

A lone wolf treads across a field, two polar bear cubs snuggle up to their mother, and a gaggle of Canada geese glides among the reeds. Painted with careful detail by wildlife artist Robert Bateman, they are among the many images in his first book, The Art of Robert Bateman. In this 1981 interview with CBC-TV host Barbara McLeod, Bateman relates the stories behind the paintings and describes his pleasure at seeing his painting among the wedding gifts to Prince Charles and his wife Diana.

Medium: Television
Program: Barbara McLeod Show
Broadcast Date: Nov. 3, 1981
Guest: Robert Bateman
Host: Barbara McLeod
Duration: 5:44

Did You know?

• Born in Toronto in 1930, Robert Bateman was a high school teacher for 20 years before art became a full-time job.

• A passionate and outspoken advocate for the environment and preservation of wildlife habitats, Bateman was an early booster of Ontario's Bruce Trail. In 2009 the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve gave him a lifetime achievement award.

• In October 2009 a retrospective of Bateman's works - 50 pieces in all - opened at the State Russia Museum in St. Petersburg. The show was also scheduled to tour three other Russian cities. "I presume it's a feather in my cap," Bateman told the Kitchener Record. "Although I have been in a few art museums in Canada, often art museums in Canada turn up their nose at wildlife art, so it's nice to be hanging under the same roof, for example, as Kandinsky."

• Due to open in 2010, the Bateman Art and Environmental Centre at Royal Roads University in Victoria will showcase much of Bateman's work. It will also serve as home base for the university's department of environment and sustainability studies. 





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