Surfacing, 2019 ongoing

My work from the past few years has focused on water in the landscape, primarily the ephemeral freshwater wetlands of Tasmania and more recently extended to waterholes in Central Australia.

Contemplating water has been the subject of many poetic and artistic pursuits over the centuries – the historical figures of Claude Monet, Gaston Bachelard and Henry David Thoreau immediately come to mind. Water allows a private space of reverie reflecting both the physical environment; the fluctuating colours, light and sounds of life from the surrounding landscape, as well as psychological and emotional states of being. As Gaston Bachelard says in Water and Dreams, “one drop of powerful water suffices to create a world and dissolve a night” he suggests the notion of the pond is like an eye that reflects the world, as well as being a site of dormant power. It’s because of water that life exists. It gives life to this planet and yet in our climate stressed environment, the presence of water in the landscape is increasingly transient, rare and precious.

My aim is to celebrate and pay homage to the fragility and fleeting nature of life sustained by these small unassuming bodies of water - the constantly shifting light patterns, the melancholy darkness and the movement of wind imprinting on the surface. I have also tried to capture the soundtrack of place, the rhythmic pulsing of frog calls, the rustle of wind and the invisible presence of creatures beneath the surface.

At times the paintings are quite abstract with intricately woven areas of layered tiny brush marks combined with glimpses of slender horizons. They are in part about the dark, enigmatic mysteriousness of the water but they are also intended to be a contemplation of edges and the threshold between the visible and invisible, where water and land or water and air meet.

In them I hope to draw the viewer into an intimate, private and poetic contemplation of the surface and threshold space of water.

Some of these works have been exhibited in the following exhibitions:

The river flows through you, Gallerysmith Melbourne, 2022

Sydney Contemporary in Hobart, Bett Gallery, Hobart 2021

Waterholes and Wetlands, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

Please click on the link to view the full exhibition.

 

 


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No 588, 2023, from the series Slow Water
91cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and ink on Claybord
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No 596, 2023, From the series, Slow Water
180cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic and ink on aluminium
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No 597, 2023, From the series, Slow Water
135cm (W) x 61cm (H)
acrylic and ink on claybord
lovegrove_570_22AS
No 570, 2021 from the series, The Invisible Lake
92cm (W) x 61cm (H)
acrylic and ink on archival board
lovegrove_587_22AS
No 587, 2022, From the series, The Invisible Lake
180cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on composite aluminium
lovegrove_586_22AS
No 586, 2022, from the series The Invisible Lake
120cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on composite aluminium
lovegrove_585_22AS
No 585, 2022, from the series The Invisible Lake
135cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and ink on archival board
lovegrove_578AS_22
No 578, 2022, from the series, 'The river flows through you'
180cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on aluminium
lovegrove_577AS_22
No 577, 2022, from the series, 'The river flows through you'
92cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on archival board
lovegrove_576AS_22
No 576, 2022, from the series, 'The river flows through you'
92cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on archival board
lovegrove_575AS_22
No 575, 2022, from the series, 'The river flows through you'
92cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on archival board
lovegrove_569_21AS
No 569, 2021 from the series Surfacing
90.4cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on archival board
No 568, 2021,
No 568, 2021, from the series Surfacing
140cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Acrylic and ink on linen
No 566, 2021,
No 566, 2021, from the series Surfacing
91.4cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on archival board
lovegrove_565_21AS
No 565, 2021 from the series Surfacing
90.4cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on archival board
lovegrove_564_21AS
No 564, 2021, from the series Surfacing
90.4cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on archival board
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No 563, 2021, from the series, Waterholes and Wetlands
91.4cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on archival board
lovegrove_562_21_AS
No 562, 2021, from the series Waterholes and Wetlands
91.4cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
lovegrove_561_21AS
No 561, 2021, from the series, Surfacing
91.4cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic and Ink on archival board
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No 558, 2020, from the series, Surfacing
90cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic and ink on linen
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No 557, 2020, from the series, Surfacing
90cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic and ink on linen
No 554, 2015, Cloud Lake
No 554, 2015, from the series Cloud Lake
140cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Acrylic and gouache on linen
No 553, 2015, Cloud Lake
No 553, 2015 from the series Cloud Lake
140cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Acrylic and gouache on linen


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