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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.



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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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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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

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

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