Famous Burlingtonians

Robert Bateman - Artist

Robert Bateman was born in Toronto, Canada in 1930. He lived in Burlington and taught at Nelson and Lord Elgin High Schools from 1958-1963, 1965-1969 and 1970-76. He is a celebrated artist and environmentalist, whose artistic technique encapsulates the natural world and wildlife. Bateman’s work has generated sell-out exhibitions in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain and has received numerous honours and awards including a succession of doctorates from Canadian and American universities. In addition, Bateman has authored several books on painting and conservation. In 2004 Lord Elgin High School was renamed Robert Bateman High School. Bateman has also received numerous awards including the Officer of the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and the Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender Award.  His work continues to be displayed and exhibited worldwide.