Birgit Freybe Bateman

Upcoming Exhibition

Mindful Vision

This is the North American debut of Birgit Bateman’s State Russian Museum Show Mindful Vision.

Show runs daily February 24–March 8 2020 / 10am-4pm

100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC
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After many North American exhibits in both public and private galleries, Birgit Freybe Bateman's latest honour was an exhibit, Mindful Vision, sponsored by the State Russian Museum in the Stroganoff Palace in St.Petersburg from June 1 to August 31, 2011. Due to great public interest, the exhibit was then extended to the end of September of that year.

To quote their web site, “These images give the viewer an opportunity to appreciate Bateman's high skill and originality of interpretation of her Mindful Vision. The content of her works is not a concrete subject but the plastic motifs dictated by the expressive forms of objects, fragments and details commemorated by the photo lens. Unexpected angles and increased attention to color and especially texture draw a similarity between Bateman's photographs and oil painting, that gives the viewer opportunity to see the extraordinary and the unique even in motifs that are imperceptible at first sight.”

  • Born Hoexter, Germany in l946
  • Emigrated to Vancouver in l955
  • Bachelor of Education (Sec.) from the University of British Columbia specializing in Art with emphasis on photography & fabric arts
  • Taught art in Alberta and Ontario
  • Has lived on Saltspring Island, BC for 27 years
  • Prizewinning photographer
  • Travels as resource person on photographic expeditions


Photosynthesis 2016: Between Word & Image
ArtSpring, SSI, BC

Sidney Fine Art Show 2015
Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC

Photosynthesis 2013
ArtSpring, SSI, BC

Mindful Vision
Stroganoff Palace, St. Petersburg, Russian Museum

What Remains
Galleons Lap, SSI, BC

Photosynthesis 2008
ArtSpring, SSI, BC

Demoiselle Cranes at Keechan
Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE

Demoiselle Cranes at Keechan
International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, WI

Demoiselle Cranes at Keechan
Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY

ArtSpring, SSI, BC (invitational group show)

Demoiselle Cranes at Keechan
Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, TX

ArtSpring, SSI, BC (group show)

Highstead Portfolio
Highstead Arboretum, Redding, CT (commissioned show)

Through These Eyes
St.Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, ON

Through These Eyes
Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC

21 Photographers, 21 Days
ArtSpring, SSI, BC (invitational group show)

ArtSpring, SSI, BC (invitational group show)

Continuum (group show)
ArtSpring, SSI, BC

Through These Eyes
Brackendale Art Gallery, Brackendale, BC

Through These Eyes
ArtSpring, Salt Spring Island, BC

Brant Festival
Qualicum Beach, BC


Shambala Sun
July 2004

National Geographic Adventure
November 2003

Outside Magazine
October 2002

Northwest Travel
November/December 2001

Conde Nast Traveler
November 2001

Geo Airone (Italy)
December 1992


Force Field - 77 Women Poets of BC
(Mother Tongue Press, 2013)
Cover Photo

Beauty by Design
(Touchwood Editions, 2013)
by Bill Terry & Rosemary Bates

More Than Birds
(Dundurn, Toronto, 2012)
by Val Shushkewich

Bienale Wasser Water
(Palace Editions, Russian Museum, 2011)
edited by Joseph Kiblitsky

Mindful Vision
(Palace Editions, Russian Museum, 2011)
by Birgit Freybe Bateman

End of the Earth: Voyages to Antarctica
(National Geographic Society, 2003)
by Peter Matthiessen

Dangerous Beauty
(Miramax, 2001)
by Mark C. Ross

Artists for Nature in Extremadura
(Wildlife Art Gallery, England, 1995)
by Nicholas Hammond