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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

Glen Loates RCAe

Born 1945, Toronto, Ontario

Glen Loates is internationally acknowledged by critics to be one of today's foremost artists.Spanning the past three decades, Loates has created a brilliant body of work celebrating North American landscape and wildlife.His paintings are exuberant.They sparkle.They are full of the passions with which this self taught artist embraces nature and life itself.They are likeable.So is Loates who, when he enteres a room brings something f that breezy quality that makes his paintings so pleasantly active.

His paintings are sought after the world over.Millions of Americans and Europeans have acclaimed him, and magazine articles had features appear in thirteen languages.He has received almost every honour available to an artist, including induction into the prestigious Explorers' Club, for being the first artist to descend 1 1/2 miles down in the Atlantic Ocean using a submersible to study and record deep sea life.

Coffee table books have been published about the artist's work from childhood to age 35, which became instant best sellers.Glen has been the subject of many television specials and an award-winning documentary.The National Audubon Society, after having searched throughout the world, awarded Glen their first commission to sculpt four endangered mammal species.

President Reagan, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the Royal Family, all own Glen's art.Major museums and galleries have shown and collected his work.

Glen Loates, R.C.A, master artist, began his professional career at age 11 when he sketched and modeled the yellow daffodil, used by the Canadian Cancer Society as its symbol for more than forty years. The subject of numerous magazine articles, three books, three films and countless interviews, Glen has been honored nationally and internationally including special commissions, and invitations to join scientific expeditions.

Glen is an artist who paints any subject with equal skill. He uses "Prismacolor" pencils, watercolors, oils and pastels for his paintings and drawings. The vitality of his work springs not only from his deft, delicate and detailed brushwork, but also from a wonderful ability to capture the essence of his subjects in their natural environment. His paintings leap to life as he portrays the spirit that is nature. Glen also applies his talent painting and drawing landscape.

Glen's work has been exhibited in such venues as The Alexander Koenig Museum, The Institute of Zoological Research, The Centre Culturel Paris, The British Museum, The McMichael Canadian Collection, and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Glen's accomplishments include the publication of three major volumes of his work, The Art of Glen Loates (1977), Birds of North America (1979), and A Brush With Life (1984). His North American wildlife series of children's books contain illustrations by Glen Loates on four themes - "Forest Mammals", "Birds At My Feeder", "Animal Babies", and "Owls".

Glen Loates is the first Canadian artist to be represented at the White House. In 1982, President Reagan, on behalf of the people of the United States of America, accepted the painting "The Bald Eagle" in The Oval Office. Glen's work is also in the private collections of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the late Right Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada.

Glen is an avid and active environmentalist, lending his name and talents to hundreds of projects for nature and wildlife preservation. He completed a series of owl drawings for a platinum collector coin series for the Royal Canadian Mint and a series of four paintings of North American animals to support the World Wildlife Fund. Through the Franklin Mint, in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation, his limited edition collector plate series, "Feline Friends" has successfully taken his popular images to the United States, Europe and Australia. Most recently, Glen has been commissioned to develop a huge Deep Sea mural representing over 125 different species of ocean life for display at the exciting new Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

A trained observer and chronicler of nature, he has traveled to search for rare and exotic, as well as familiar wildlife. His wanderings have taken him from his backyard to the frigid Arctic terrain; from the deserts of Arizona, to the bottom of the ocean a mile beneath the water's surface off the coasts of Newfoundland and Bermuda. Glen was invited to be the scientific artist to search for sea creatures never seen before.

Glen has been internationally acknowledged to be one of today's foremost artists. His work has been featured throughout the world in such publications as Geo Magazine, Time Magazine and Reader's Digest. He has received many honors, including induction into the prestigious Explorers' Club, for being the first artist to descend 5, 117 feet in a submersible, to study and record deep-sea life in the Atlantic Ocean.

Les Line, former editor of Audubon Magazine in New York wrote: "I have been frequently asked to name the best nature artist. To do so, even were I willing, is patently impossible. For one thing, there are artists who specialize in birds, in plants, in fishes and other marine life. There are even artists who paint little else but charging elephants and stalking lions.
But there are very few nature artists capable of portraying any subject with great skill, imagination and accuracy, who can capture the being of a blue jay, cougar, salmon, lily, or moth with equal excellence. And there is none better in this elite category than Martin Glen Loates...What leaps from the paintings is the essence, the vitality, and the place of the animal. It's Life!"

Selected Commissions
American Express
Bell Cellular
Canadian Fine Colour Company Ltd.
Carlton Cards/ American Greetings
Department of Lands & Forests, Gov't of Canada
Domtar Inc.
Delta Company Ltd., Japan
Easter Seals
Electrolux Corp. Connecticut
Federation of Ontario Naturalists
General Foods
General Motors of Canada
Garrard Bank, Philadelphia
Hallmark Cards
Imperial Oil
Labatt's Breweries
McDougal, Littell & Co., Illinois
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada
National Association of Canadian Credit Unions
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Ontario Ministry of Tourism
Proctor and Gamble
Rudco Industries Inc., New Jersey
Scantrade International
Shoppers Drug Mart
Marty Stouffer Productions
Sumitomo Insurance Co., Japan
Toronto-Dominion Bank
Viletta China Canada
Royal Canadian Mint