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 Glen Loates  (1945 - )

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Lived/Active: Ontario / Canada      Known for: photo real wildlife painting-watercolor

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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 magazine articles, three books, three films and numerous interviews, Loates has been honored nationally and internationally including special commissions, and invitations to join scientific expeditions.

Glen Loates is an artist who paints a variety of subjects.  He uses "Prismacolor" pencils, watercolors, oils and pastels for his paintings and drawings including animals and birds in natural environments.

Work by Loates 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.

Three publications feature his artwork: 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.  HIs 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.

Loates 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.

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 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, editor of Audubon Magazine, New York, in 1977 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.  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!"


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