Arctic Quest
In 2006, twenty-five artists marked the 100th anniversary of Amundsen’s 1906 navigation through the Northwest passage with a journey of their own.
Painting shown is part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum's permanent collection.
Anthony J. Batten
Painting by Anthony J. BattenArtist's statement

Thoughts on climate change in the Arctic: This was my first visit to the Arctic and I was enthralled by its unanticipated overblown scale. Everything was enormous - the bird population, the long windswept beaches, the glaciers and above all the towering cliffs. This painting shows a melt-fall cascading into the sea at Cape Hay. With its dynamic seasonal transformation and erosion, it encapsulates the sense of change that permeates the Arctic experience.

Arctic Falls (Spring Melt at Cape Hay, Nunavut)
24" x 24"
Acrylic on Canvas

Anthony J. BattenA visual artist who has exhibited his drawings and paintings on four continents. Tony is possibly best known for his work which focuses on the man-made elements of our environment. His mastery of shading and texture within the interplay of light and dark makes his work immediately identifiable. With degrees in history and art history, he is often called upon to lecture on the development of western art particularly in the field of watercolour painting. Born in the U.K., he is a longtime resident of Canada. He studied at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the Museum School (Montreal) with Arthur Lismer. He holds degrees from Concordia and the University of Toronto.

Has been in numerous juried group and solo exhibitions since his initial show in 1967. Significant group shows include The Queen's Gallery (Windsor Castle, 1982), Museo National de la Acuarela (Mexico, 2000) The Art Gallery of Ontario (2006).

Represented in numerous public, corporate and private collections including those of H.M. The Queen (Windsor Castle), The Government of Ontario, The Royal Canadian Military Institute, The Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador, The Gardiner Museum, The Masterworks Foundation (Bermuda) and H.R.H The Prince of Wales (Highgrove).

• City of Toronto Royal Visit Commission Award, 1987
• The A.J. Casson Medal, 1996
• The Julius Griffin Award (C.S.P.W.C.), 2002
• The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002

Arts Organizations
• The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, elected 1980 (President 1993-1995)
• English Harbour Art Assoc [Newfoundland], 1991
• The Society of Canadian Artists, elected 1998
• The Federation of Canadian Artists (Signature Member 2002)
• Arts and Letters Club [Toronto]

Represented by
• Contemporary Fine Art, Toronto
• Westmount Art Gallery, Toronto
• Rick Moore Gallery, Naples Florida
• O'Connor Gallery, Toronto

A frequent juror, demonstrator and lecturer on the North American Art circuit. He has a parallel career as an architectural renderer and has worked for a number of distinguished clients.

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