Bob Batchelor was born and brought up in Georgetown, Guyana. He was the son of a Guyanese mother and a Scottish father. He suffered TB and malaria as a child but won a scholarship to Guyana’s Queen’s College.
He came to Scotland in 1946, aged 18, to study Drawing and Painting at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, and apart from a brief return to Georgetown, he lived in North East Scotland for the rest of his life. Bob was a charismatic figure; he always regarded himself as a teacher first and artist second. The latter 20 years of his teaching career he spent as principal teacher of art at Aberdeen Girls’ High School (now Harlaw Academy) and many of his ex-pupils remember him fondly.
His early work was mainly portraits and landscapes but he was a passionate gardener and he later began painting flowers in his garden – an amazing, chaotic space which he filled with his favourite bearded irises, roses, oriental poppies, peonies and camellias. His love of the form and colour of flowers shines through his work. As well as paintings, he produced many screenprints. He was a founder member of Peacock Printmakers in Aberdeen.
"In Bob's work the effects of a tropical childhood burst through the cold muted colours of a temperate northern climate" wrote Gordon Smith.
His work hangs in private and public collections around the world and throughout hospitals in Grampian.
Bob Batchelor died aged 81 in 2010. He is greatly missed.