Inspired by his recent Asialink residency in Jinxi, China, Lovett has painted a series featuring lotus flowers (also known as waterlilies). The source imagery for these paintings was photographs taken from the environment where he was living and working. In these works, Lovett follows a long tradition of Chinese paintings of lotus flowers, which goes back to the Qing Dynasty. And of course, one cannot paint waterlilies without referencing Monet’s famous paintings of his gardens in Giverny, France.
Lovett’s paintings are delicately crafted observations of familiar subject matter, from domestic plants and flowers to music and popular culture. His work often echoes traditional still-life painting, yet a familiar arrangement of flowers and vases take on new meaning through the act of repetition.
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