Global Warning by Robert Bateman
(Giclee Canvas: 30 x 40, 180 edition, $1195.00 U.S.)
(Paper: 15 1/4 x 20 3/8, 950 edition, $145.00 U.S.)
“It is said that the polar bear is the new “canary in the coal mine.” The signals of climate change are numerous and seem to be piling up day by day – disrupted weather patterns, more bad storms and deterioration of coral reefs, to name a few. Numbers of examples of global warming are making the news, such as retreating of glaciers. It is the Polar Regions that are the most vulnerable to the warming, and so are early warning signs as to what is to come. Perma frost is no longer “perma.”
More southern plants and insects and birds are appearing in the Arctic for the first time. But the most powerful symbol of what is happening to the climate of the planet is the plight of the polar bear. In a real sense, polar bears are marine mammals. They live by the
sea, their primary food source is the sea, and they are great swimmers. Seals are their staff of life, but bears are not aquatic mammals like seals. They could not dream of chasing down a seal in the water. They must approach from a solid footing, almost always sea ice. Seals obviously come up through holes in the ice to breathe or climb out to sleep or “sunbathe.” The bear often approaches from a long distance with great care and stealth, blending in with the whitish sea ice. However, this sea ice is now disappearing and with it the hunting ground for the bears. Scattered, fragmented pans of ice are still all right for seals to rest on, but very difficult for the polar bear’s stalking strategy. As a result, the bears are becoming thinner and breeding success is falling. They are now being seen further and further away from their old hunting grounds. The impending doom for polar bear populations is a warning that we must face the inconvenient truth and move away from dependence on fossil fuels.” – Robert Bateman
Robert Bateman has been called the most famous living artist. He continues to paint and tour the world to promote conservation and preservation of nature. We have represented Robert Bateman for decades and are now the sole publisher and distributor of his reproductions. We are so honored to work with him and witness his success. He has made such a massive contribution to the art world and the natural world as an artist and educator of the earth’s most important resources.
Nature as a subject is becoming more and more popular as our environment is in peril. What better subject is there than the beautiful creatures we share this world with? Robert Bateman’s appreciation and understanding of nature are apparent in his paintings. He is able to paint flora and fauna the way your eye would perceive it in real life. It is important that the animal takes full attention. The background becomes muted, and therefore it doesn’t take too much focus away from the subject. His paintings seem effortless and masterful all at once.
Bateman’s eye for composition is unparalleled. Each painting is a composed like a symphony, leading the eye to wander. From the backyards of North America to the sprawling plains of Africa. Robert Bateman captures nature the way it should be enjoyed. Above all he is a champion of wildlife. For this reason he has become a household name for art collectors.