Robert Bateman - Featured Artist_1

Discovering the creative force within is one of the most magical and empowering moments that can be seen…that ‘A-Ha’ moment – the moment they understand their own creative potential to connect with nature using a pencil, and know that this creativity will serve them for the rest of their lives, is truly one of the best sights you will ever see.
– Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman’s realistic painting style reflects his deep understanding and appreciation for nature, featuring wildlife in its natural habitat.

Robert Mclellan Bateman was born in Toronto. After teaching for 20 years, in 1976 Robert left teaching to paint full time. He has travelled the world with his artist/conservationist wife Birgit to many remote natural areas to find inspiration for his award-winning animal artwork.

Besides being one of Canada’s most well-known artists, Robert is also a naturalist recognized by the Audubon Society as one of 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.

Books about his life and art have sold over 1,000,000 copies. He has also been the subject of several films and television programs. It is in honour of Robert Bateman’s contribution to art, teaching and conservation that one public, and two secondary schools have been named after him; as well, he has been awarded 14 honorary doctorates.

Robert Bateman’s critically acclaimed, award-winning artwork is showcased in many public and private collections, and several art museums, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY. Bateman has had many one-man museum shows throughout North America, including an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The retrospective show, The Art of Robert Bateman, successfully toured Canada and the USA for two years.

Robert Bateman’s friendship with Hedi Nowak goes back decades.  He was a regular at The Harrop Restaurant and exhibited his early artwork at the gallery. Robert and Hedi have always supported each other. Typically in the fall Robert would visit for an evening to meet and greet guests at the gallery and sell his calendar for the upcoming year.

A variety of his artwork, mug sets and calendars are available at The Gallery Upstairs in Milton, Ontario.

If you’re looking for a particular piece for your collection, we can help curate that for you. Please contact Hedi to discuss.


Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal, 1977
Artist of the Year, American Artist magazine, 1980
Excellence Award in Arts for Contribution to Artistic Community
Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, 1980
Master Artist, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1982
Officer of the Order of Canada, 1984
Member of Honour Award, World Wildlife Fund, 1985
(Presented by HRH The Prince Philip)
Governor General Award for Conservation, Quebec City, Canada, 1987
Lescarbot Award presented by Canadian Government, May 1992
Society of Animal Artists Award of Excellence 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1990, 2008; Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010
Rachel Carson Award presented by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Washington D.C., 1996
Golden Plate Award presented by the American Academy of Achievement, 1998
U.S. National Audubon Society, one of 20th Century’s 100 Champions of Conservation, 1998
Order of British Columbia, 2001
Rungius Medal presented by the National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2001
Queen’s Jubilee Medal, 2002
Perkin’s Partner in Conservation Award presented by The Wild Canid Center, 2003
Roland Michener Conservation Award presented by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, 2003
Chevron Texaco Conservation Award, 2003
President’s Medal, The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada, 2005
Ideas for Life Award, Canadian Environment Awards, 2006
Amnesty International, Human Rights Defender Award, 2007
Simon Combes Award, Artists for Conservation Foundation, 2008
Niagara Escarpment Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009
Living Planet Legacy Award, WWF-Canada, 2011
The Black-Parker Award for Art Industry Leadership, Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, 2013
Royal Canadian Geographical Society Gold Medal, 2013
World Ecology Award, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2015
International Brandwein Medal, Brandwein Institute, 2017
Jay N. Ding Darling Award, The Wildlife Society, 2017


Tryon Gallery, London, England: 1975 & 1979
“Images of the Wild”, National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa, 1981-82 (travelling exhibit of major Canadian museums)
Le Conseil International de la Chasse et de la Conservation de Gibier, Monaco, 1982 (travelling exhibition of major European cities)
Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina, 1985
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, 1987
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1986 & 1997
Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., 1987
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA 1988
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Museum 1991
Carnegie Museum of Natural History 1991
Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, 1992 (travelling California Academy of Sciences April ’92, Los Angeles Museum of Natural History Nov ’92, Vancouver Museum May ’93, Victoria Art Gallery Sept ’93)
National Museum of Wildlife Art, May ’97- Nov.’97
Art Gallery of Algoma, September ’97- November ’97
Burlington Art Centre, June-July 2000
“Diversities”, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, SA, Oct. – Nov., 2000
Retrospective Tour: Wm. S. Fairfield Public Gallery, Sturgeon Bay, WI; Genesee County Museum, Mumford, NY; The Wildlife Experience, Denver, CO; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ; Bruce Museum of Arts & Sciences, Greenwich, CT; Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX, May 2002 – Nov. 2003
“Robert Bateman: A Portfolio”, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, August 2004
“The Art of Bateman” with Alan Bateman & John Bateman, Masters Gallery, Calgary, AB, 2006
“The Art of Robert Bateman” Retrospective Tour: McMichael Gallery of Canadian Art, Kleinburg, ON 2007 Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE , 2007; Wildlife Experience, Denver, CO, 2008; National Museum of Wildlife Art’ Jackson Hole, W,Y 2008; San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA, 2008; Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB 2009
“Robert Bateman in Russia”: Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg; Ivanovo Regional State Museum; Tula Museum of Fine Art; Tsarytsyno Palace Art Museum, Moscow, Oct. 2009 – Aug. 2010
Permanent Collection at The Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature

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