Robert Bateman’s realistic painting style, featuring wildlife in its habitat, encourages the viewer to closely observe the natural world. Besides being one of Canada’s best-known artists, he is a naturalist, recognized by the Audubon Society as one of the 20th century’s “heroes of conservation”. He is a spokesman for many environmental and preservation issues, using his art to raise millions of dollars for these causes.

Robert’s honours and awards are numerous, including Officer of the Order of Canada. He has been awarded thirteen honorary doctorates and has three schools named after him. He has been the subject of many films and books that include The Art of Robert Bateman [1981], The World of Robert Bateman [1985], An Artist in Nature [1990], Natural Worlds [1996], Thinking Like a Mountain [2000], Birds [2002], New Works, [2010] and Life Sketches [2015] as well as several children’s books.

At 86, Robert maintains a demanding schedule between painting, public events and his relentless advocacy for nature.


Robert Bateman’s Memoir On Sale Now

Full of never-before-seen illustrations, Life Sketches is an inspiring and elegant portrait of Robert Bateman’s life as an artist and of his belief that “Nature is an infinite source of reason, imagination, and invention.”

Life Sketches is a moving journey in both words and images that, for the first time, allows Bateman’s fans full access into his creative process, detailing his singular artistic vision and the inspiration behind his iconic art. What emerges is a portrait of a young boy enchanted by the natural world around him and called to record it in his sketches and paintings. Bitten by wanderlust, Bateman travelled the world and documented his real life experiences in journals, sketches, and paintings. In Life Sketches, he recounts the evolution of his style from abstraction to realism and the events that have shaped his art into a vocation over many decades. And through it all, Bateman shows how his keen sensibilities extend beyond art, to a passion for conservation and relentless advocacy for the natural world that underpins an incredible artistic legacy.

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A comprehensive online archive of the works of Robert Bateman.

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A selection of writings by Robert Bateman about our relationship with Nature.

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