Robert Bateman – The Art of Robert Bateman – Book


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The work of Robert Bateman has brought new vitality and distinction to the world of wildlife art. His astonishingly detailed and carefully composed paintings of birds and mammals have been received with enthusiasm by both the public and the leading authorities in the field. Terence Shortt, the dean of Canadian bird painters, states that Bateman “is a great artist, one with a style that sets him apart from any bird artist in the world today.”

But why does Bateman’s work, of all the extraordinary wildlife painting that is being done today, evoke such a powerful response from the viewer? David M. Lank, the wildlife art critic, believes that it is because Bateman’s paintings “…demand that you sense what is inside a plank of weathered wood, that you feel the resilience of the branches and the sponginess of the moss. He wants you to think of what the heron sees through the clear riffle even though you yourself cannot… His paintings invite you to become an effective participant in the world he has created.”

This is the first book to be devoted to Robert Bateman’s work. The eighty-two color plates offer a breathtaking opportunity for the reader to enjoy the tremendous scope of the paintings, recalling encounters with wildlife subjects and pointing out unexpected features and details.

The profile of the artist by Ramsay Derry is a lively, informal account of Robert Bateman’s career and personality. It traces Bateman’s education and development from his early days as a teenage birdwatcher and artist to his present international success, and analyzes the unique combination of artistic sensibility and scientific knowledge that contributes to his remarkable talent.


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.