Lovejoy paintings at Gibbs Library

Aug 27, 2019
Artwork by John Lovejoy.

WASHINGTON — The Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, features the work of painter John Lovejoy from Thursday, Sept. 5, through Tuesday, Nov. 6.

“I’d like to thank the Washington library and Bo Marks for giving me the chance to exhibit in such a cool little town," Lovejoy said. "I look forward to seeing all who come to the opening of the show, and hope those who come to view during and after that time have some fun!”

Lovejoy, a Maine native, has been drawing and painting for the last 20 years. He started by taking night classes from Stan Keirstead of Farmington, doing realistic watercolors of Maine landscapes. He also studied with Selena Shields of Boothbay, Marni Lawson of Waldoboro, and Ronal Parlin of Farmington. Since then, he has expanded to using acrylics, painting the things he loves, like his cat and cats in general.

He has been fascinated by the Northwest Indian Art of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, particularly the totem art visited and drawn in person while on a 2015 road trip across the United States and Canada. Love for the American Indian petroglyphs, which were visited on a road trip across the U.S. in 2004, are important inspirations. Lately, he has been interested in the art of Keith Herring and Jean Michel Basquiat, and Steven Wheeler, one of the American “Indian Space Painters." Numerous artists from Bernard Langlais and Louise Nevelson to Chris Van Dusen and Gary Larsen, and the American and European Impressionists, have had a great impact on his work.

Lovejoy said, “In my heart, I feel like I’m an improviser, whether playing guitar (and) piano or doing art. I enjoy multiple media for expression. I have to thank the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland for being a big influence on my work and for their friendly openness in their free art class."

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