Alan Bateman - Biography Alan Bateman was born in 1965 while his parents, Suzanne and Robert, were living in Nigeria. Alan's family returned to Canada to live in a rural setting outside Milton, Ontario. In 1978 Alan moved with his mother, sister and brother to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Alan returned to Ontario every summer to his grandparent's home in Alliston, and the family cottage near Minden. Much of his early work was inspired by these experiences. Alan studied art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Here he concentrated on printmaking and art education. Challenged by the philosophical discourse offered in the art education department, and the freedom of printmaking, it was here that Alan's art started to gain focus. He graduated in 1988 with a BFA and BFAED. Moving west to Saltspring Island B.C. in the fall of 1988, Alan spent his time painting, and working towards establishing a career that would allow him to continue the pursuit of his art upon arriving home to, Nova Scotia in the fall of 1989. Alan and his wife, Holly Carr, settled in Annapolis Royal while Holly taught art at a nearby school, and worked on her own career as an artist. In the spring of 1991 Alan and Holly moved to into a 200-year-old farm house outside of Canning, Nova Scotia in a picturesque setting not coincidentally reminiscent of rural Ontario where Alan spent his childhood.
Alan's first exhibitions were a group show and a solo show during the spring of 1987 at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. His first private gallery showing was at the Beckett Gallery in Hamilton Ontario during the winter of 1988. His work was featured in "Views of Canada," a group exhibition in September 1989 at the Beckett Gallery and in September of 1989 he had his first solo show at Beckett Gallery. With the closing of the Beckett Gallery Alan gained representation through the McNaught Gallery in Hamilton, as well as Zwickers Gallery in Halifax. The McNaught Gallery Assumed the role as his main gallery including Alan's work in many group and solo shows. Recently Alan's representation has grown to include two new galleries. West End Gallery in Edmonton Alberta, and the new Beckett Gallery in Toronto run by Tom Beckett Jr.
Awards and Accomplishments
His work is in private and corporate collections, as well as magazine articles including the cover of Art Impressions (winter 1994) and the cover of Imperial Oil Review (summer 1996) Alan is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Award.
Recent Exhibitions and Shows
Alan's work has been exhibited in group shows throughout Canada and The United States. Alan is currently represented by: McNaught Gallery - Hamilton, Ontario West End Gallery - Edmonton, Alberta Beckett Gallery- Toronto, Ontario Zwickers Gallery - Halifax, Nova Scotia
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