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ARTISTS | Sue Lovegrove


Sue Lovegrove’s painting practice reflects an intimate and personal experience of landscape; often remote and isolated places that are relatively free of the presence of human beings. Antarctica, Macquarie Island, Maatsuyker Island and Tasman Island, and places where the weather and the wildlife dominate, and where the balance and order is still in favour of the natural world.

Lovegrove’s delicate and layered mark-making on canvas explores the patterning and rhythms of the land. At times delicate, soft and wispy and other times sharp and harsh. Her delicate painted linework can become suggestive of sound, text, inscriptions of weather, hair, nests, or habitats, communicate something about the strength as well as fragility and the transience of the natural world.

Born in Adelaide in 1962, Lovegrove completed a Bachelor and PhD at the ANU in Canberra. She lives in Tasmania.



I AM WOMAN | A Group Exhibition for International Women’s Day 2021

On International Women's Day 2021 we acknowledge the achievements of girls and women around the world. We celebrate those who ...
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Sue Lovegrove, No. 8, 2018, acrylic and gouache on paper, 12x8cm

The Memory of Water | Sue Lovegrove

Using traditional techniques of Persian miniature illustration, Sue Lovegrove's new works are intimate works which chart quiet observations of moments in time. Each pairing of 8x4cm paintings present like pages in an open book that might rest in the palm of one’s hands.
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Cloud Memory | Sue Lovegrove

Sue Lovegrove’s paintings from the last few years have translated her experiences from wild and remote islands including Macquarie Island,…

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Catherine Nelson, Mareeba Wet

Out of the Darkness – a group exhibition at Gallerysmith

When shadows lurk in the darkness, senses heighten, sound is amplified, the pulse races, unease escalates. While light allows us…

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Artwork by Sue Lovegrove

Glimpse | Sue Lovegrove

Artist Statement: My work has always been about an intimate and personal experience of particular landscapes where I have spent…

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1962 Born Adelaide, South Australia


2002 PhD, School of Art, National Institute of the Arts, ANU, Canberra

1990 Bachelor of Arts (Visual) major in painting, School of Art, National Institute of the

Arts, ANU

Professional Experience

2013-17 Sessional Lecturer, Drawing studio, University of Tasmania

2003-2014 Full time artist

2012 Visiting artist, painting workshop, School of Art, ANU, Canberra

1999-2002 Lecturer in Visual Art, University of Wollongong, New South Wales

1993-2000 Sessional Lecturer, Painting Workshop, School of Art, ANU, Canberra

1997 Lecturer and coordinator of painting studio, Faculty of Fine Arts, Northern Territory

University, Darwin, NT

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Shimmer, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2018 The Memory of Water, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2016 In a Strange Land, Bett Gallery Hobart

The Book of Trees, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2015 Cloud lake, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Nest, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2014 Writing the Sky, Bett Gallery Hobart

2012 Windwalking, Bett Gallery Hobart

2011 Glimpse, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2010 Still Light, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

The Shape of the Wind, Bett Gallery, Hobart

2009 Grasses, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne

2008 Walk With Me, Paintings from Southern Tasmania, Christine Abrahams Gallery,


2007 Maatsuyker, Island of the Mind, Bett Gallery, Hobart

2006 Vanishing, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

2005 Vanishing, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

2004 In pursuit of clouds, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

2002 To hear the earth breathe, (part 3), Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

To hear the earth breathe, (part 2), Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra

To hear the earth breathe, (part 1), Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

1998 Between Worlds, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

1996 Aediculae, aGOG (australian Girls Own Gallery), Canberra

1995 From the shadow of a mountain, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

From the shadow of a mountain, Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide

1994 In the shadows, aGOG (australian Girls Own Gallery), Canberra

1992 The unswept floor, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

1990 Wall paintings… from the other side, Photospace Gallery, Canberra School of Art,


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Speaking of History: A reflection of the language, landscape and objects of our

culture, Bett Gallery, Hobart

Poets and Painters: Celebrating The Big Punchbowl, Moonah Arts Centre,Hobart

Finalist in the Hadleys Art Prize, Hobart

2015 Under Kunanyi, Bett Gallery, Hobart

Urban Suburban, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra

Exquisite, Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart

2014 Biophilia, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2013 Poets and Painters, Bett Gallery, Hobart

2011 Van Diemen’s Land: Tasmanian Artists in the UK, Celia Lendis Contemporary, UK

25 Years, An Unfolding Journey, Bett Gallery, Hobart

2010 A Generosity of Spirit, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane and Anne & Gordon Samstag

Museum of Art, Adelaide

This Way Up, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra

Three women paint the landscape, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

Autumn Collection, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2009 Transcending Surfaces, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

Flower Show, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney

2008 The View From Here II, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

Bias Bound, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne

2007 Intimate and Distant Landscapes, Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania

Prometheus Art Award, Brisbane

2006 Salon, Bett Gallery, Hobart

Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

Senses of Place, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, Tasmania

Picture This, Canberra School of Art Gallery, ANU, VCA Gallery, Melbourne

2005 ANL Maritime Art Prize, Melbourne

Looking South, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart

2004 Flemming Muntz Albury Art Prize, Albury Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

Blake Prize, touring exhibition, ACU Gallery Sydney, Melbourne

2003 McGivern Art Prize, Maroondah Art Gallery, Victoria

Distant Noises, RMIT Gallery, Victoria

2002 Melbourne International Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2001 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Queensland

Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

2000 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery touring

regional galleries of New South Wales and Queensland throughout 2001

Triptych, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

1999 Australian Drawing Biennale, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth and the

University Art Museum, University of Queensland

1998 Australian Drawing Biennale, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Victoria

Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Queensland

1997 Canberra Contemporary Art Fair, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

Winter Light, australian Girls Own Gallery, Canberra

Painting Alumni, Photospace Gallery, Canberra School of Art, Canberra

1996 ACAF 5 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria

Speculations 1, ANCA Gallery, Canberra

A Matter of Making, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra

1995 Works on paper, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

Canberra Contemporary Art Fair, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

City of Hobart Art Prize, Hobart City Council, Hobart

1994 Broken Hill Art Prize, Broken Hill City Art Gallery, New South Wales

Home is Where the Art is, Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide

ACAF4, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

1992 ACAF3, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

1990 Sites Unseen One, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

Stand By, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra

Awards and Grants

2018 Australia Council Grant

2017 Highly Commended Hadelys art prize, Hobart

2006 Arts Tasmania Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant, (Maatsuyker Island)

2003 Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship

2002 Canberra Critics Circle Award

2001 ANU Postgraduate Award, PhD Scholarship

2000 New Research Grant, University of Wollongong

1998 Arts ACT Professional Development Grant

1994 Broken Hill Art Prize (Work on Paper)


ACT Legislative Assembly, Canberra, ACT; Artbank, Sydney, New South Wales; Australian Conservation Foundation, Victoria; Broken Hill City Art Gallery, New South Wales; Bundanon Trust, New South Wales; Canberra Hospital, ACT; Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra, ACT; Derwent Collection, Tasmania; EASS Loans Collection, ANU, Canberra, ACT; Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales; Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria; Holmes a Court collection, Western Australia; Island Collection, Tasmania; KPMG, Canberra, ACT; Macquarie Bank, Melbourne, Victoria; Maatsuyker Collection, Tasmania; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria; Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania; University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT; Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania


2015 Self funded residency, London, study of Persian miniature painting

2012 Visiting Artist, School of Art, ANU, Canberra

2011 Self funded residency, Tasman Island

2008 Victorian Tapestry Workshop residency

2007 Arts Tasmania Wilderness residency, Maatsuyker Island

2004 Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship, visited Antarctica and Macquarie Island

2001 ‘Bundanon’ Arthur Boyd’s studio, Nowra, New South Wales

Araluen Centre for Arts and Entertainment, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

2000 Ngukurr, SE Arnhem Land, printmaking project with University of Wollongong

1997 Northern Territory University, Darwin, Northern Territory

Professional Activities

2000 Visiting Scholar Program, Art Across Cultures at the Centre For Cross Cultural

Research, ANU, Canberra

1996 Travel to Italy, research of Roman and Etruscan wall paintings and Italian fresco


1995 Study of Sanskrit, ANU, Canberra

1992-95 Study of Kuchipudi, Classical Indian dance, Canberra

1992 Visit to Yirrkala Aboriginal community, NE Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Tour of the ‘corner country’ NE NSW to develop paintings

1992 Study of Classical Chinese, ANU, Canberra

Travel to India, study at Kuchipudi Art Academy (Classical Indian Dance), Madras and

research of archaeological sites and temple art in South India

1990 Curator, Sites Unseen One and Two, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

1989 Curator, Decade, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

1989 Travel by bicycle through Japan, research of calligraphy, temple art and Japanese


1982-85 Travel by bicycle through Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia, research of traditional

and religious art and culture

Theatre Design

1993 Siva, The Cosmic Dancer, Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, ACT

1995 Ramayana, Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT


Grishin, S. Nesting Impulses, Canberra Times, 4 July 2014

Cousins, K-A. Inspired by Nature, Canberra Times, 25 September, 2014

Hay, P., Shape of the Wind, Pattern and chaos Sue Lovegrove’s Island Art, Artlink, Vol 32 No1

Grishin,S., ‘Worlds of their own’, Canberra Times, 15 November, 2010

Hawthorne, L., ‘The Shape of Wind’, Artlink, vol. 30, no. 2, 2010

Rainbird, S., A Generosity of Spirit, exhibition catalogue, 2010

Holmes, J., Intimate and Distant Landscapes, exhibition catalogue, 2007

Holmes, J., Senses of Place, exhibition catalogue, 2006

Elkins, J. (ed), ‘The PhD in studio art’, Printed Project, iss. 04, 2005

Zika, P., Looking South, exhibition catalogue, 2005

Grishin, S., ‘Artist like an archaeologist, excavating memory’s traces’, Canberra Times, 14 May, 2004

Barron, S., ‘Lyrical abstractions go beyond the usual’, Canberra Times, 3 April, 2002

Maxwell, H., Sue Lovegrove in the Australian Drawing Biennale, Drill Hall Gallery, 1998

McFarlane, J., ‘Between’, in Between Worlds, exhibition catalogue, 1998

Clabburn, A., ‘A talented defence’, The Age, 8 July, 1998

O’Heir, A., ‘Aediculae, an invitation to silence’, Muse Magazine, no. 158, February, 1997

Grishin, S., ‘Mood, Memory and Sensuality’, Canberra Times, 27 November, 1996

Gates, M., ‘The Materiality of Memory’, A Matter of Making, CSA Gallery, 1996

Philp, A (ed), ANCA 1996 Australian National Capital Artists Inc and Canberra Museum and Gallery

O’Hehir, A., ‘Speculations 1 & 2’, Muse Magazine, no. 156, 1996

Neylon, J., ‘Antidote’, Adelaide Review, March, 1995

Dutkiemicz, A., ‘A touch of the orient’, Advertiser, March 10, 1996

‘Winner shows technical Prowess’, Broken Hill News, 2 December, 1994

Grishin, S., ‘Fragments of an Ephemeral Past Life’, Canberra Times, 5 March, 1994

Cousins, K-A., ‘In the shadows’, Muse Magazine, no. 129, 1994

Musa, H., ‘Siva the Cosmic Dancer’, Canberra Times, 31 July, 1993



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