BIOGRAPHY

Born in Nairobi Kenya, a childhood in Africa and Europe almost certainly emboldened Ivan Lovatt to craft such iconic primal animals with such certainty. When not outside enjoying the natural environment, Ivan was drawn to all forms of artistic expression, and began drawing birds and African wildlife early in his life.

Now calling the Gold Coast Hinterland home, Ivan has worked primarily in construction, however art has always had a significant role in his personal identity. Spending his spare time studying the fundamentals of art, he experimented various mediums, before channelling his creative drive into the field of sculpture.  Renowned for his powerful and imaginative works from layered and twisted chicken wire of animals and people, Ivan has won numerous awards for his work, including the Swell Festival People’s Choice Award which he has won five times since 2004.

Lovatt’s work is honest, quirky, and amusing, yet it still demonstrates a profound compassion, retaining artistic integrity. Such is the power of the expression and movement that he captures in his work, that by merely be in the presence of it, the viewer is encouraged to embody the very spirit of Ivan’s subject.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014 Gold Coast Airport QLD
2013 Woodford Folk Festival QLD
2013 Gold Coast Arts Festival,  Evandale, QLD
2013 Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture, Toorak VIC
2012 Gold Coast Arts Festival Broadwater QLD
2010 Border Art Prize, Murwillumbah NSW
2009 Sculpture by the Sea, Cotttesloe WA
2008 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi NSW
2008 Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture, Toorak VIC
2008 Jackman Gallery Group Sculpture Exhibition, St Kilda VIC
2008 Kings Christian College Easter Arts Exhibition, QLD
2007 Solo Exhibition, Jackman Gallery, St Kilda VIC
2006 Sisters of Swing, Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast QLD

SELECTED AWARDS

2018 Kid’s Choice Award (Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary) – Swell Sculpture Festival
2018 People’s Choice Award (Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC) – Swell Sculpture Festival
2015 Smalls Gallery People’s Choice Award – Swell Sculpture Festival
2015 Peer Award – Swell Sculpture Festival
​2014 People’s Choice Award (Currumbin RSL) – Swell Sculpture Festival
2014 Smalls Gallery People’s Choice Award – Swell Sculpture Festival
2014 People’s Choice Award Sculpture (Boomerang Farm)  – Darcy Doyle  Art Festival
2013 Kids’ Choice  Award (Griffith University School of Humanities) – Swell Sculpture Festival
2012 Kids’ Choice  Award (Griffith University School of Humanities) – Swell Sculpture Festival
2012 Smalls Gallery People’s Choice – Swell Sculpture Festival
2012 People’s Choice Award – Marymount College Art Competition
2010 First Prize Sculpture – Marymount College Art Competition
2010 Visual Arts- People’s Choice – Gold Coast Show
2010 First Prize – Trinity Lutheran College Art and Craft Competition
2008 People’s Choice Award (Currumbin RSL) – Swell Sculpture Festival
2007 First Prize – Springfest Arts and Craft Festival Award for Sculpture
2006 People’s Choice Award (Currumbin RSL) – Swell Sculpture Festival
2006 Media Award (Gold Coast Sun) –  Swell Sculpture Festival
2006 Smalls Artist Award (Neumann Group) – Swell Sculpture Festival
2006 First Prize – Springfest Arts and Craft Festival Award for Sculpture
2006 First Prize – St Margaret’s Inaugural Sculpture Competition
2005 First Prize Sculpture Division – Paradise Kids Annual Art Exhibition
2005 First Prize – People’s Choice – Paradise Kids Annual Art Exhibition
2005 Freestyle Sculpture – Royal Brisbane Show
2005 First Prize – AFA Award of Excellence – Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Member’s Exhibition
2005 Second Prize – John Cooper Memorial Award – Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Member’s Exhibition
2005 Third Prize – Tony Palmer Memorial Award – Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Member’s Exhibition
2005 First Prize – Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Exotic Erotic Exhibition
2005 First Prize – Springfest Arts and Craft Festival Award for Sculpture
2004 People’s Choice Award (Currumbin RSL) – Swell Sculpture Festival

INSTALLATIONS AND COLLECTIONS

Represented in private and public collections, in Australia and overseas.
Jackman Gallery, St Kilda VIC
Mealie Art House, Murwillumbah NSW
The Way of Design, Currumbin, Gold Coast QLD
Gold Coast City Council – Elanora Library, Gold Coast QLD
Ripley’s “Beleive it or Not” Museums in USA, Australia and UK.
Capanart Gallery, Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast QLD

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