Father and son host twin exhibit
CURRUMBIN-based artists and father-son duo, Robert and John Lovett, have been showcasing their works of urban and rural Australia for years now, but today would be the first time ever they collaborate in the same exhibition.
The two live less than a kilometre away from each other in Currumbin Waters, and this gives them good reason to team up and present 'Studio to Studio - Robert and John Lovett's Open Studios Exhibition 2012'.
Robert Lovett, 81, says he is delighted his son John has agreed to exhibit his artworks - of the last four years - alongside his own.
"Both John and myself have held many exhibitions independently, however, this one is unique in that it's the first time we have joined forces," he said.
"I am delighted that he will share this with his old man.
"For my part it is an accumulation of work produced over the past four years."
The exhibition will be held concurrently in both locations, with visitors expected to move between the two studios.
"We decided, rather than mix the paintings up and confuse everyone, my work would be hung in my studio and my father's work in his studio," John said.
"Our studios are only a little over a kilometre apart - even less if you go via Currumbin Creek."
Robert's experience as a professional impressionist painter spans over sixty decades, a portfolio which includes his work in international exhibitions and being the official artist for the Snowy Mountain Authority.
There will be no set theme for the exhibition: rather it will be a collection of works showcasing the duo's artistry garnered from overseas.
"I will be exhibiting a mix of oils and watercolours, however, there is no particular theme because during that time I have travelled to several countries," Robert said.
John will draw his inspiration from a range of international settings "from European villages to Australian wetlands, urban studies from New York to the solitude of early morning Currumbin."
"My paintings cover a range of subjects, sizes and mediums."
Studio to Studio will run from today continuously until April 22.