of Canada's most elite artists put his brush and palette to work
recently in Pelham.
An entertaining and award winning artist, Tony
Batten held an art workshop last weekend at the Pelham Library.
The event was organized by the Pelham Art Association.
Batten's workshop focused on achieving perspective
in artwork, as he is well-known for his architecture and structural
"It's really about reviewing basic drawing skills."
As an accomplished artist for over three decades,
Batten is able to combine his irreverent, fun sense of humor with
his artistic gift to create a refreshing and enjoyable experience
for those who attend his art workshops.
"Great instructor, very knowledgeable and a
ton of fun," said local artist Pat Haftar, who attended Batten's
"Tony is warm and passionate about art and teaching.
The wonderful entertaining man is one of our country's most elite
artists alive today."
The former art teacher has established himself as
a renowned artist, appearing in numerous juried shows and art exhibitions
over the years.
He has also won several awards and commissions.
Most recently being selected as a life member of
the Canadian Society of Painting in Water Colours.
Batten was also a student of Arthur Lismer -- one
of the original members of the famous Group of Seven.
A true artist, Batten is able to combine his interest
in heritage and historical architectonics in his work.
A "romantic view" or setting will often
inspire a painting or art piece.
"I'm personally interested in heritage and things
like that so I tend to do a lot of that in my own work," he
A viewer may recognize many of Batten's art pieces
as familiar streetscapes and landmarks from places like Toronto
and Venice, Italy.
In 2006 Batten, along with 25 other artists, had
the opportunity to travel on an Arctic quest to the far Canadian
The 12-day voyage was in celebration of the 100th
anniversary of Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen's 1906 navigation
through the Northwest passage.
"It was absolutely phenomenal," said Batten
of his journey. "I've never felt so Canadian in my life."
It was on Batten's northern expedition where he was
able to take on new heights.
Large landscapes, massive snowbanks and all that
far north Canadian ice and snow provided a new territory for Batten
to lay down on canvas.
Landscapes and views such as the ones he captured
in Nunavut are not something Batten usually works on.
However, as artists are always evolving, Batten enjoyed
the opportunity to take on a challenge.
His work from the Arctic, along with the 24 other
artist's, has been touring on exhibition venues across Canada and
the U.S., creating an educational and historical insight on the
While Batten's northern voyage was an experience
of a lifetime, a touch with royalty is what stands out in his mind
as a significant moment in his lengthy art career.
"I was invited to have lunch with Prince Charles,"
Tony was one of a small group of artists selected
to visit London, England for a presentation of 75 Canadian Water
Colour paintings to the Royal Collection.
He went on a private tour of Windsor Castle, and
wined and dined with the Prince.
Local Niagara artist Linda Kemp also made the trip
"That stands out in my mind as a very significant
moment in my career," said Batten.
"It's not every day you get to meet the Prince."
Up next for Batten is a trip to Trinity, Nfld.,
where he will be creating architectural renderings.
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