“Mask Design 04 is a pencil and watercolour painting composed of features from roughly five different people, plus my own inventions.
It’s based on an original pencil drawing I created during a live demonstration at the Malt Cross Gallery in Nottingham. I began with the idea of a mask design, and borrowed from faces that were in my sightline while I drew.
The event was filmed for a national BBC feature about the Malt Cross’ Heritage Lottery-funded refurbishment in 2014. Built on the site of monastery, the Malt Cross was a Victorian music hall that was converted into a pub and is now part of Nottingham’s developing arts scene.
Another artwork from the mask series, Mask Design 01, was selected for this year’s ING Discerning Eye exhibition.”
Profile of the artist
Oliver Lovley ASGFA has a BA (Hons.) in Illustration and Visual Communication from Loughborough University. His art has been shown in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery and the ING Discerning Eye 2014 at the Mall Galleries.
Oliver is a regular exhibitor and demonstrator at venues such as Art in Action in Oxfordshire, Patchings Festival and Nottingham Contemporary. He is also a tutor and demonstrator with many art groups and societies. He has had solo exhibitions at the Malt Cross Gallery in Nottingham and The Barn Gallery at Patchings Art Centre. Oliver was elected an Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art in October 2014.
From 05-07 December 2015 Oliver will be at Nottingham Contemporary’s Christmas Art & Craft Event, in June 2015 he will conduct a live demonstration at Patchings Art, Craft and Design Festival, and throughout 2015 Oliver will lead drawing and painting workshops at the Malt Cross Gallery.
Editor’s note: Learn more about the Malt Cross Gallery here www.maltcross.com/gallery