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“Would have liked to see more of his art on display”

Robert Bateman Centre
Ranked #16 of 187 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Legendary Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman has spent a lifetime painting the natural world and animals from all over the world. Come explore seven decades of his inspiring work in our gallery, and experience nature's beautiful animals up close. Our new temporary gallery space shows an ever-changing variety of exhibits, so there is always something new to explore! At the Robert Bateman Gallery Shop you will find a selection of Robert Bateman's books, prints and gifts, along with art by local artists.
Reviewed 30 June 2015

I stopped into the museum for a short visit. The video of Robert Bateman's work, life, and philosophy was very good and can be viewed in the entrance prior to paying to enter the gallery. Even if you don't want to enter the gallery, the video is worth seeing. The paintings in the gallery were attractively displayed and there was additional interesting information about the artist's life. While it was interesting to see lesser known (some impressionist ) work, I was hoping to see more of his popular work in full size.
I had two grandsons with me in a stroller. It was a safe place to let the toddler out to wander along with me. The elevator is at the west entrance.

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Reviewed 28 June 2015

Honestly, as someone who isn't much into art and as an ignorant American, I hadn't heard of Mr Bateman until the previous night. This gallery starts you off with a video of Mr Bateman himself explaining some of the method behind his art. I found that informative and not dry or pompous. It was very well done. Throughout the gallery there are numerous paints, spanning from the 1950s until nowadays. Most are nature, but some are people and the visitor can observe how Mr Bateman's craft and subject matter have evolved through the years. There's a special exhibit now about Mr Bateman and Bristol Foster's Land Rover trip all around the world. Many photographs, film footage, summaries and paintings illustrate this impressive feat. From the Orang Asli of Malaysia to glaciers in Uganda, it looks like an incredible journey. I had the pleasure of seeing the Land Rover itself and coincidentally, Mr Bateman's friend Bristol Foster was there. I recommend this for anyone into art, be it art history, theory or practice. You're bound to learn something.

Thank Bryan S
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Reviewed 28 June 2015

Absolutely loved it! Beautifully displayed history of Bateman's life and art. Great use of modern technology. I loved the Rover Boys exhibition.

Thank 381rosemary
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Reviewed 27 June 2015

I knew I wanted to see this gallery as soon as I heard it was open about 2 years ago. I wasn't disappointed! Loved seeing original pieces as well as prints and different media Robert has used over the years. It was a bonus to be there for the special exhibit of his 'round the world' trip he did when he was a very young man.

Thank Lorna E
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Reviewed 22 June 2015

I already liked his artwork, but he had quite an interesting early life traveling the world. If you aren't into art, you may consider it a waste of money. If you like art and Bateman, you'll really enjoy.

Thank Sandra S
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Bateman F, Manager at Robert Bateman Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2015

Hello Sandra
Glad you got to see the Rover Boys exhibit - it certainly gives a good look at an incredible adventure that has influenced Robert Bateman's life work.
Thank you for visiting from Arizona and for taking the time to write us a review.
Aimee Ippersiel - Managing Director, The Robert Bateman Centre

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