Alan Bateman is forging a reputation as one of Canada’s finest
realists. He comes from a rich artistic legacy, where painting was a
natural pastime. He has inherited the artistic gifts of both his
father, internationally known artist Robert Bateman and his mother,
Suzanne Lewis, also a superb watercolourist, Alan Bateman was born in
Nigeria in 1965, grew up in Burlington, Ontario and moved to Dartmouth,
Nova Scotia at the age of eight with his mother, sister and brother.
Summers were spent with his father in Ontario's Haliburton Highlands.
He received formal training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and
Design in the mid 1980's. Influenced by the work of Andrew and Jamie
Wyeth, Bateman's work also invokes prominent East Coast realist
painters; Alex Coville, Tom Forestall and Christopher and Mary Pratt.
Not surprisingly, for Bateman, life and work are intertwined in a
natural process of discovery. He paints by observing familiar objects
until they become part of him, and intuitive feeling that embodies his
understanding of some place, some part of himself. ”To paint, I have to
live in a place for some time, so I can absorb my surroundings – I’m
not comfortable driving around the countryside looking for subjects.
Nor am I sure how the evolution works – it just happens while I’m doing
things in my day-to-day life. Something worth painting will suddenly
become apparent to me – shadows of elm trees against the house, light
on a wall, the colours on a hardwood floor. Time and place are as
important to me as the central object.” He now lives in a 200 year-old
farmhouse near Canning, Nova Scotia with his wife, artist Holly Carr
and their two children, finding inspiration in the surrounding rural
terrain of the Annapolis Valley, in addition to his summers in
Alan Bateman is a two-time recipient of The
Elizabeth Greenshields Award. He’s been very active with fifteen solo
exhibitions and seventeen group exhibitions to his credit. He has
exhibited extensively throughout Canada, including shows in Toronto,
Halifax, Hamilton, Edmonton and Victoria. In the USA he has exhibited
in Ohio, Oregon and Minnesota.
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