Robert Bateman was born in 1930 in North Toronto, Ontario. As a teen, he
worked in a wildlife research camp in Algonquin Park, reinforcing his
love of the wilderness, naturalist study and the landscape that
dominated much of the Group of Seven artists’ work some 20 years before.
His way of working provides him with the opportunity to include his
love of nature much more directly in his art. As an outstanding
contributor to Canadian culture, he was named an officer of the Order of
Canada in 1984.
Great Blue Heron, 1991
five-colour lithograph, ed. 290
image: 21” x 14”
paper: 24” x 17.25”
Lithography, or writing on stone is based on the resistance between
grease and water. The artist uses drawing and painting materials
containing grease on a limestone slab or aluminum plate to create an
image. A gum arabic mixture is applied to the composition to securely
bond the image to the plate. The surface is then dampened with water
which adheres to the non-greasy areas. Ink is applied and only adheres
to the greasy sections. Areas covered with water remain blank. The plate
is then run through a press under extreme pressure. Lithograph prints
are characterized by soft lines and rich textures.
River Otters, 2001
two-colour lithograph, ed. 50
13.5” x 15”