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.
When shadows lurk in the darkness, senses heighten, sound is amplified, the pulse races, unease escalates. While light allows us…
SUE LOVEGROVE 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) Residencies 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 Bibliography 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 Collections 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…