Ivan Lovatt

As a child Ivan was drawn to all forms of artistic expression. He has worked in many mediums trying to explore each to its potential. He finds the hands on reality of sculpture to be his favorite form. Nature and natural forms are his greatest passion. For the past two years he has been working with driftwood and aged timbers, and has created a sizeable collection of works, mostly inspired by the Australian wildlife. Ivan’s versatility and adaptability are clearly demonstrated by his return to using chicken wire, a medium that lends itself to the sensitivity and delicacy of his expression.

Ivan’s work is characterised by his ingenuity and innovation, which motivates him to find new and interesting ways to capture his love of nature and his fascination of humanity. While his first love is working with natural materials, he finds that wire gives him a broader spectrum of possibilities, and still allows him to capture the same spirit and energy that his drift wood art epitomises.

Ivan's work has won numberous awards since 2006 and is also represented in Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" Museums in USA, UK and Australia.

Artworks

Selected exhibitions

2011 Group Sculpture Exhibition, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2009 Sculpture By The Sea, Cottosloe, WA

2009 Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi, NSW

2008 Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture, VIC

2008 Swell Currumbin Sculpture Festival, QLD

2008 Group Sculpture Exhibition, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2008 Kings Christian College Easter Arts Exhibition, QLD

2007 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2006 Royal Pines Resort "Sisters of Swing", QLD

2006 Springfest Art & Craft Festival, QLD

2006 Swell Currumbin Sculpture Festival, QLD

2006 St Margaret’s Inaugural Sculpture Competition, QLD

2005 Paradise Kids Annual Art Exhibition, QLD

2005 Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Inc., Member’s Exhibition, QLD

2005 Royal Brisbane Show Freestyle, Sculpture, Second Prize

2005 Springfest Arts and Craft Festival, QLD

2005 Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Inc. Exotic Erotic Exhibition QLD

2004 Swell Currumbin Sculpture Festival, QLD

Awards

2006 Springfest Art & Craft Festival, Award for Sculpture, First Prize

2006 Swell Currumbin Sculpture Festival, People’s Choice, First Prize

2006 Gold Coast Sun Media Award

2006 Neumann Group Smalls Artist Award

2006 St Margaret’s Inaugural Sculpture Competition, First Prize

2005 Paradise Kids Annual Art Exhibition, Sculpture Division, First Prize, People’s Choice, First Prize

2005 Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Inc., Member’s Exhibition AFA Award of Excellence, First Prize

2005 Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Inc.- Member’s Exhibition John Cooper Memorial Award, Second Prize

2005 Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Inc.- Member’s Exhibition Tony Palmer Memorial Award, Third Prize

2005 Royal Brisbane Show Freestyle, Sculpture, Second Prize

2005 Springfest Arts and Craft Festival Award for Sculpture, First Prize

2005 Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Inc. Exotic Erotic Exhibition, First Prize

2004 Swell Currumbin Sculpture Festival People’s Choice, First Prize

Installation

Represented in private and public collections in Australia and overseas including Gold Coast City Council, Elanora Library and Ripley's "Believe it or Not" museums in USA, UK and Australia