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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.



GOLD CHIP | one-night-only exhibition

Gallerysmith closes the 2023 curtain on December 12 with the annual exhibition, GOLD CHIP. At this one-night-only event, the gallery presents…

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Water Sky | Sue Lovegrove

Sue Lovegrove's newest body of work which responds to her walking adventures around her home state of Tasmania and the mountains, glaciers and rivers of Iceland. Please contact the gallery to join Sue Lovegrove's advance list -
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Gallerysmith launches its 2023 exhibition program with a group exhibition which celebrates 15 years of gallery operations. This exhibition features works by more than 50 artists who have shown at the gallery between 2008 and 2023....
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The River Flows Through You | Sue Lovegrove

Contemplating the surface and it's depths, Sue Lovegrove's new series is a meditation on the fleeting nature of life in water – the constantly shifting light patterns, the melancholy darkness and the movement of wind across the surface. In these delicate and detailed mixed media compositions, Lovegrove reflects and ponders the dark, enigmatic, and at times abstract worlds of wetlands, swamps and the tannin-stained creeks of Tasmania.
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I AM WOMAN | 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 | 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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Born Adelaide, South Australia, lives and works in Tasmania

Education & Professional Experience

2013-18       Sessional Lecturer in Drawing at Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS
2003-12       Full time artist
2012             Visiting artist, Painting workshop, School of Art, ANU, Canberra
1999-02       Lecturer in Visual Art, University of Wollongong, New South Wales
1993-00       Sessional Lecturer, Painting Workshop, School of Art, National Institute of the Arts, ANU
1997             Lecturer and coordinator of painting studio, Faculty of Fine Arts, Northern Territory University
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

Solo Exhibitions

2022             The River Flows Through You, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
2021             Waterholes and Wetlands, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2020             Surfacing, Bett Gallery, Hobart
                      Air and Water, Project Space, Bett Gallery, Hobart
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
                      Landforms and Lagoons, duo-solo with Charmaine Pike as part of CLIMARTE
2014             Writing the Sky, Bett Gallery, Hobart
                      Nest, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2013             Cloud Memory, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
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, Melbourne
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, Canberra

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021             Reflection/Submersion, Janet Homes a Court Gallery, Western Australia
2020             Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize for Landscape, Webb Gallery, Griffith University, Queensland
                      RANT Women’s Art Prize, Tasmania
                      Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
2017             Hadleys Art Prize, Hobart
                      Speaking of History, Bett Gallery Hobart
                      Poets and Painters, Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart
                      Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists, NGA (touring), Geelong Gallery
2015             Under Kunanyi, Bett Gallery, Hobart
                      Urban Suburban, Canberra Museum and Gallery. Canberra
                      Exquisite, Henry Jones Hotel, Hobart
                      Biophilia, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2013             Poets and Painters, Bett Gallery, Hobart
                      Intensity of Purpose, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
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, QLD |Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, SA
                      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 duringt 2001,             Triptych, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
1999          Australian Drawing Biennale, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth | 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
                      ACAF 4, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
1992             ACAF 3, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
1990             Sites Unseen One, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

Awards and Grants

2021	      Finalist, Bay of Fires Art Prize, Tasmania
2020	      WINNER, Elaine Bermingham Watercolour Prize, Griffith University, Queensland
		      Finalist, RANT Women’s Art Prize, Tasmania
		      Finalist, Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
2017             Highly Commended, Award, Hadleys Art Prize, Hobart
                      Vice Chancellors Award for Community Engagement, Clemente program, University of Tas
                      Teaching Merit Certificate Award, University of Tasmania
2014             Teaching Merit Certificate Award, University of Tasmania
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)


2015             London, study of Persian miniature painting
2012             Visiting Artist, School of Art ANU Canberra
2011             Self-initiated residency, Tasman Island, Tasmania
2008             Victorian Tapestry Workshop residency
2007             Arts Tasmania Wilderness residency, Maatsuyker Island, Tasmania
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
1996             Travel to Italy, research of Roman and Etruscan wall paintings and Italian fresco cycles.
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 & research of archaeological sites and temple art, 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 aesthetics
1982-85        Travel by bicycle through Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia, research of traditional and religious art


Grishin, S. Enchanting and Haunting Beauty, Canberra Times, 10 April, 2021

Grishin, S. Depicting Shimmers of light on water, Canberra Times, 22 August, 2019

Burden, H. There’s Plenty in Reserve, Mercury, Oct 22, 2016

Poets and Painters, Exhibition Catalogue, 2017

Harper, A. Speaking Volumes, Mercury, 26 August, 2017

Burden, H. Double Vision, Mercury, 2 September, 2017

Grishin, S. In Praise of Great Trees, Canberra Times, 4 November, 2016

What Now, Art Collector Iss 78, 2016

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 & Chaos in Sue Lovegrove’s island art, Artlink Magazine, 2012

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


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
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



Sue Lovegrove's artwork The Voice of Water, (No 9.24) (2019) has been selected as the winner of the Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour…

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Sue Lovegrove was highly commended in the Hadley's art prize today. The Hadley Prize celebrates painting, printmaking and drawing of…

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