Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

NATHAN Lovick’s life is awash with colour.

The artist is just about to launch his Per­cep­tion of Depth solo ex­hi­bi­tion, and his strik­ing works line the walls and cor­ri­dors of his Kew­dale home.

The Perth-born artist went to film school once upon a time, but found his niche in paint­ing.

“I’ve al­ways sort of dab­bled on and off with art. And then it was pretty much about 2013, I was paint­ing a fair bit and I ba­si­cally set a task to do 50 paint­ings for the year. Be­cause I fig­ured if I was into it, I’ll do it, but if I don’t, then I wasn’t that into it. So I ended up do­ing 70,” Lovick said.

“I’ve gone from paint­ing to paint­ing and I haven’t stopped. It’s like an ad­dic­tion.”

The Kew­dale painter said in find­ing his style, he tried a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing to see what worked.

“I just love do­ing it. I think it’s one of those things – if you’re wait­ing for inspiration, you’ll never do any­thing,” he said.

Lovick said he was in­flu­enced by ab­stract artist Carmen Her­rera and op­ti­cal artist Vic­tor Vasarely.

“A lot of what I’m try­ing to do is take up where they left off and put my take on it,” he said.

“Ev­ery sin­gle shape is only one block of colour, and when they com­bine, they start to make pat­terns and look 3D… op­ti­cal art is what I’m drawn to. I go with the flow and do what­ever feels like the right thing to do at the time.”

Hunt­ing for a gallery space big enough to house his works has been a chal­lenge, with the artist al­most at the point of rent­ing a ware­house un­til Stu­dio 281 in May­lands came along.

“They were like, ‘bring as much as you can’. And I said ‘al­right, let’s see how big your place re­ally is’,” Lovick said.

Once the show’s done, the painter said he’s look­ing for­ward to head­ing on the road to see how his work re­flects his travel.

“Af­ter this, there’s a very good chance I’m head­ing off to Santa Cruz in Amer­ica… what I want to do is al­most like a world tour. I’ve got a bunch of friends I can stay with, and I just want to paint from each lo­ca­tion and just see what hap­pens. See if the change in weather or con­di­tions makes me go out on a tan­gent and do some­thing to­tally wacky and dif­fer­ent,” he said.

But un­til then, Lovick said he’s look­ing for­ward to mov­ing the paint­ings into the gallery space and be­ing able to see his floor again.

Per­cep­tion of Depth opens on June 10 at Stu­dio 281 in May­lands, at 281 Guild­ford Road.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Artist Nathan Lovick will launch his ex­hi­bi­tion Per­cep­tion of Depth.

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