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Anthony [Tony] is currently working in acrylics, his main subject matter being architecture and the built environment. Many of his works reveal a life long interest in architectural conservation.

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Tony's complete biography, and extensive list of solo and group exhibitions, awards and commissions can be found on his website,

A 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.

These paintings with which the viewing public can easily connect are often of familiar streetscapes and beloved landmarks but have a unique sense of colour and life. His streetscapes of his adopted home-town, Toronto, have been widely exhibited and are to be found in many civic and corporate collections.

Selected Awards

  • 1992 Recipient of the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal
  • 1996 Tony was the recipient of the 1996 A. J. Casson Award for outstanding achievement in watercolour painting
  • 2001 Government of Canada Diploma, United Nations General Assembly International Year of The Volunteer
  • 2002 Recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002 Recipient of the C.S.P.W.C.’s Julius Griffith Award for outstanding contributions to the Arts
  • 2006 Corporation of the City of Toronto Purchase Award
  • 2007 Commission for the Avril Lavigne Promotional Video – MTV
  • 2007 Elected Life Member of the C.S.P.W.C.
  • 2009 Jarvis Sloan Award for Watercolour
  • 2009 The Society of Canadian Artists, A. Stevens Award for Acrylics
  • 2011 CSPWC‘S Presidents’ Award
  • 2012 The Louis W. MacEachern Award, SCA elected members exhibition, Halifax Club, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2012 Recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (for volunteerism in the arts)
  • 2014 Arabella Magazine prize winner “Landscape Competition”


Among the individuals and institutions holding Anthony J. Batten’s work are:

  • H.M. The Queen, The Royal Library, Windsor Castle
  • H.M. Queen Elizabeth – The Queen Mother
  • HRH The Prince of Wales, Highgrove
  • HRH The Duke of York, Buckingham Palace
  • Senator J. Baruch-Silver, Dublin, Eire
  • Royal St. George’s College, Toronto
  • The House of Commons Collection, Parliament Hill
  • The Collection of the Canadian Senate, Parliament Hill
  • City of Toronto Archives, Market Gallery Collection
  • The Gardiner Museum, Toronto
  • The Government of Ontario Art Collection
  • The Provincial Archives of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Royal Canadian Yacht Club (R.C.Y.C.), Toronto
  • St. John’s College, Cambridge University, U.K.
  • The Royal Canadian Military Institute, Toronto
  • University Of Toronto Collections
  • Hon. John Black Aird. Frm. Lt. Gov. of Ontario
  • Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland
  • Massey Hall – Roy Thomson Hall Foundations, Toronto

Arts Organizations

  • The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, elected 1980 (President 1993-1995)
  • The English Harbour Group (Newfoundland) 1991
  • The Society of Canadian Artists, elected 1998 (Honorary Member as of 2015)
  • The Federation of Canadian Artists (Signature Member 2002)
  • Polar Artists Group, 2007
  • Ontario Society of Artists, elected 2012
  • The Arts & Letters Club, Toronto, since 1986
  • Listed in the “Canada’s Who’s Who” – University of Toronto Press.
  • Supporter of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Recent Solo Exhibitions

  • 2011 – Yorkminster Park Gallery, Toronto
  • 2012 – The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto
  • 2012 – The Nano Gallery, Yorkville, Toronto
  • 2013 – The Westmount Gallery, Toronto
  • 2014 – The Gallery at Paper Things, Yorkville, Toronto
  • 2015 – The Westmount Gallery, Toronto
  • 2018 – The Westmount Gallery, Toronto
  • 2018 – Sotheby’s International, Gananoque, ON

Recent Group Exhibitions

  • 2010 – Roberts Gallery, Arts and Letters Club Exhibition
  • 2010 – Galleria via di Visiale, Spoleto, Italy
  • 2011 – “Inspired by Spoleto” – the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto
  • 2012 – “Blending Genres” – The Women’s Art Association, Toronto
  • 2012 – Society of Canadian Artists Elected Members, Halifax Club, Nova Scotia
  • 2014 – “Canadian Visions”. A PORDS Show at the John B Aird Gallery, Toronto
  • 2015 – Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary
  • 2015 – John A. Libby Fine Art, Toronto
  • 2016 – Art Gallery of Burlington, CSPWC – The Presidents Exhibition
  • 2016 – “Newfoundland” A PORDS show at the John B Aird Gallery, Toronto
  • 2017 – The Gallery on the Lake, Buckhorn, Ontario
  • 2017 – “Mosaic” – OSA show at Aurora Cultural Centre, Ontario
  • 2017 – The biennial NEXT2 Exhibition, The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto
  • 2018 – Fabriano in Acquarelle – official Canadian participation at the watercolour exhibition, Fabriano, Italy