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Alan Bateman is one of Canada's finest realist painters, and his work is well known for its distinctively fluid and refined technique. 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 received formal training at the Nova Scotia college of Art and Design in the mid-1980s.Influenced by the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Bateman's work also invokes prominent East Coast realist painters: Alex Colville, Tom Forrestall, 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 an intuitive part of him. Alan lives in a 200 year old farmhouse near Canning, Nova Scotia with his wife, artist Holly Carr, finding inspiration in the surrounding rural terrain of the Annapolis Valley. A two-time recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Award, Alan has had a very active career, with many solo and group exhibitions to his credit, as well as many commissions. 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.