“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 life.” 

Major One-man Exhibitions

Tryon Gallery, London, England: 1975 & 1979,"Images of the Wild", National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa, 1981-82 (travelling exhibit of major Canadian museums)Le Conseil International de la Chasse et de la Conservation de Gibier, Monaco, 1982 (travelling exhibition of major European cities)Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina, 1985Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, 1987Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1986 & 1997Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., 1987Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA 1988Colorado Springs Fine Arts Museum 1991Carnegie Museum of Natural History 1991Canadian Embassy, Tokyo,

1992 (travelling California Academy of SciencesApril '92, Los Angeles Museum of Natural History Nov '92, VancouverMuseum May '93, Victoria Art Gallery Sept '93)National Museum of Wildlife Art, May '97- Nov.'97Art Gallery of Algoma, September '97- November '97Burlington Art Centre, June-July 2000 "Diversities", Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, SA, Oct. - Nov., 2000Retrospective Tour: Wm. S. Fairfield Public Gallery, Sturgeon Bay, WI; GeneseeCounty Museum, Mumford, NY; The Wildlife Experience, Denver, CO; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ; Bruce Museum of Arts & Sciences, Greenwich, CT; Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX, May 2002 - Nov. 2003“Robert Bateman: A Portfolio”, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, August 2004“The Art of Bateman” with Alan Bateman & John Bateman, Masters Gallery,Calgary, AB, 2006“The Art of Robert Bateman” Retrospective Tour: McMichael Gallery of Canadian Art, Kleinburg, ON2007; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE , 2007; Wildlife Experience, Denver, CO, 2008; NationalMuseum of Wildlife Art’ Jackson Hole, W,Y 2008; San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA, 2008; Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB 2009“Robert Bateman in Russia”: Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg; IvanovoRegional State Museum; Tula Museum of Fine Art; Tsarytsyno Palace Art Museum, Moscow, Oct. 2009 – Aug. 2010 The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria, BC – permanent exhibition, opened May 24, 2013 


Public Art Museum Collections

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, Denver Art Museum, Hamilton Art Gallery, Ontario, Genesee Country Museum, New York, Glenbow Museum, Alberta, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson WY.


Plus numerous private collections including:

HRH The Prince Charles, HRH The Prince Philip, HRH The late Princess Grace of Monaco, HRH Bernhard, Prince of the Netherlands


World Wildlife Fund, Endangered Species Silver Bowl, 1971, Canada Post, Endangered Species Postage Stamp Series, 1976-1981, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Toronto, "Window Into Ontario", 1977, Government of Canada, wedding gift to HRH The Prince Charles, "Northern Reflections - Loon Family", 1981, Royal Canadian Mint, Platinum Polar Bear Coin Series, 1990, National Capital Commission, Canadiana Fund (Official Residences Permanent, Collection), "Winter Pond - Mergansers", 2000


Major Academic Awards

Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, Colby College, 1989, Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, Northeastern University, 1991, Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, Brock University, 1982, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Laurentian University, 1987, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Royal Roads University, 2010 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of Guelph, 1984, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of Victoria, 2003, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of Toronto, 2007, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Acadia University, 2014, Doctor of Letters, Fine Arts, honoris causa, Lakehead University,1986, Doctor of Letters, Fine Arts, honoris causa, McMaster University,1983, Doctor of Science, honoris causa, Carleton University, 1982, Doctor of Science, honoris causa, McGill University, 1995,


Major Honours and Awards

Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal, 1977, Artist of the Year, American Artist magazine, 1980, Excellence Award in Arts for Contribution to Artistic Community,
Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, 1980, Master Artist, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1982, Officer of the Order of Canada, 1984, Member of Honour Award, World Wildlife Fund, 1985, (presented by HRH The Prince Philip), Governor General Award for Conservation, Quebec City, Canada, 1987, Lescarbot Award presented by Canadian Government, May 1992, Society of Animal Artists Award of Excellence 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1990, 2008; Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010, Rachel Carson Award presented by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Washington D.C., 1996, Golden Plate Award presented by the American Academy of Achievement, 1998, U.S. National Audubon Society, one of 20th Century's 100 Champions of Conservation, 1998, Order of British Columbia, 2001, Rungius Medal presented by the National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2001, Queen’s Jubilee Medal, 2002, Perkin’s Partner in Conservation Award presented by The Wild Canid Center, 2003, Roland Michener Conservation Award presented by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, 2003, Chevron Texaco Conservation Award, 2003, President’s Medal, The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada, 2005, Ideas for Life Award, Canadian Environment Awards, 2006, Amnesty International, Human Rights Defender Award, 2007, Simon Combes Award, Artists for Conservation Foundation, 2008, Niagara Escarpment Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009, The Black-Parker Award for Art Industry Leadership, Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, 2013, Royal Canadian Geographical Society Gold Medal, 2013