Artwork by Robert Bateman,  Gull

Robert Bateman

acrylic on board
signed lower right
17 x 39.5 ins ( 43.2 x 100.3 cms )

Auction Estimate: $30,000.00$20,000.00 - $30,000.00

Price Realized $12,000.00
Sale date: November 28th 2014

The Burlington Art Centre, Burlington
Private Collection, Niagara Falls
Juravinksi Hospital, Hamilton
Ramsay Derry, “The Art of Robert Bateman”, Markham, 1981, pages 54-55
Ramsay Derry notes that Robert Bateman's “exceptional quality of conveying the emotional world of an animal (which is based on a close knowledge of the biological and behavioural details of the animal and its environment) makes his pictures very exciting for biologists and natural scientists who may sometimes know a great deal about the subjects.” Speaking of Bateman's skillful depictions of birds, William Whitehead, a former research biologist and award-winning writer of films and natural science documentaries, says, “Birds have extremely sharp vision. In Bob's paintings he conveys the tremendously focused expression of the bird... Also, through the level of detail he achieves in the picture, he makes us feel we are seeing the world through the bird's eyes. Many birds are practical botanists, or practical entomologists, and when he...draws as much attention to the plants as to the birds, I feel as if I am, for a moment, seeing the plants as clearly and as importantly as the birds do.”

According to the original owner of the painting, “Gull” is believed to have been painted circa 1969.

This artwork is being sold to benefit the Juravinski Hospital, an integral part of the Hamilton, Ontario community as the region's centre of excellence and orthopedic care and a full service general hospital.

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Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman was born in Toronto on May 24, 1930. Bateman is an influential pioneer in his field of art paying homage to the world of nature. His respect for the environment is undeniable and his constant pursuit to help others see the importance of its fragility is extraordinary. Bateman 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 like to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can and to absorb it. And then I like to put it together and express it in my paintings. This is the way I want to dedicate my work."