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The Art of Robert Bateman

This exhibit closed on February 1, 2009

From November 1, 2008 through February 1, 2009, the San Diego Natural History Museum will present The Art of Robert Bateman. The exhibition features over 50 pieces from this well-honored and acclaimed artist, plus works on paper including examples of his original prints, the artist’s personal sketchbooks, bronze sculpture, books and videos. The exhibition has been conceptualized and designed to exemplify the breadth, depth, and versatility of Robert Bateman and his artistic output.

Leopard in Sausage Tree
Leopard in Sausage Tree
A painter, naturalist, and conservationist, Bateman is one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary wildlife artists. He was born in Toronto in 1930, and at the age of eight his mother enrolled him in the Junior Field Naturalists Club at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. There, under the guidance of watercolorist Terence Shortt (1911–1986), Bateman learned to make field sketches.

The lifelike and realistic wildlife depictions featured in The Art of Robert Bateman are on loan from numerous private and public institutions and are sure to captivate visitors of all ages.

Bateman’s work is in many public and private collections and several 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, and his work is also represented in the collection of HRH Prince Philip, the late Princess Grace of Monaco, and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

Two Red-crowned Cranes
Two Red-crowned Cranes
Bateman’s art reflects his commitment to ecology and preservation. Since the early 1960s, he has been an active member of naturalist and conservation organizations, some of which operate on a global scale. He has become a spokesman for environmental and preservation issues and has used his artwork and limited-edition prints in fundraising efforts that have provided millions of dollars for these worthy causes.


The Art of Robert Bateman is organized and directed by David J. Wagner, Ph.D. Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, chose to be title sponsor of The Art of Robert Bateman, because Bateman will be the special guest aboard the company’s Emperors & Kings: Snow Hill and South Georgia expedition in Antarctica in 2009. Find out more about this trip at www.quarkexpeditions.com/sdnhm.


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