Totem and Bear by Robert Bateman
(21″ x 26 1/4″, Paper Print, 950 Edition, $165.00)
(24″ x 30″, Giclee Canvas, 180 Edition, $795.00)
Bateman paintings containing totem poles have sold very well in the past. This Western Canadian scene captures the remnants of sacred monuments that celebrate Indian culture. The black bear plays a key role in spiritual practice as a symbol of freedom and strength.
Born in Toronto, Robert Bateman has been a keen artist and naturalist from his early days. He has always painted wildlife and nature, beginning with a representational style, moving through impressionism and cubism to abstract expressionism. In his early thirties he moved back to realism as a more suitable way to express the particularity of the planet. It is this style that has made him one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature. Bateman’s art reflects his commitment to ecology and preservation. Since the early ’60s, he has been an active member of naturalist clubs and other conservation organizations. This involvement has increased in recent years and is now on a global scale. He has become a spokesman for many environmental and preservation issues and has used his artwork and limited edition prints in fund-raising efforts which have provided millions of dollars for these worthy causes. He says, “I can’t conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can, and to absorb it. And then I’d like to put it together and express it in my painting. This is the way I want to dedicate my work.”