Bob's first ever United States one-man show was at our gallery back in 1982. Born in Toronto in 1930, Bob combined his lifelong passion for nature and his talent for painting into a career that has made a lasting impact on both the art world and the environment. In the ‘70s and early ‘80s, his work first received critical acclaim. Today, his unprecedented popularity continues to expand. His works are found in many public and private collections and in several art museums.
Canada commissioned him to create that country’s wedding gift for Prince Charles. His work is also represented in the collections of Prince Philip, the late Princess Grace and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.
His museum exhibitions include one at the Smithsonian Institution that set attendance records. We were there with a planeload of Gallery One collectors for the private opening. What a thrill for us all!
Today, his honors, awards and honorary doctorates are numerous and include Canada’s highest civilian award. Schools bear his name and his work and philosophy are the subjects of several books.
Bob's art is a reflection of his commitment to the environment. He has used his art for fund-raising efforts which have provided millions of dollars for such causes, among them Kirtland’s Children's Schoolhouse Nature Park....just minutes from Gallery One.
His first limited-editions were released in the U.S. in ‘78. Hundreds of distinctive images followed, most selling out quickly and becoming sought-after by collectors, even as their prices accelerated. Today, many of his most sought-after images are available as signed and numbered giclee canvases. Several such releases will be featured at his June 14 Gallery One opening and Bob will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to personalize framed prints, books and posters.
He will present an informal lecture at 1 p.m. speaking of art and the environment. If you cannot join us in person where the world's largest display of Bob's images will "knock your socks off," be sure to check out his awesome body of work at http://www.galleryone.com/.
And by the way, now through June....get a signed Robert Bateman fine art poster with every purchase of a Bateman signed and numbered giclee or limited edition. (Our collection has never been better and includes many rare, sold-out works.)
Gallery One is located at 7003 Center St. (Rt. 615) between Rtes. 90 and 2. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday and Saturday 10-6 p.m. and Friday 10-9 p.m.
That's all for now. NL