About LOUI JOVER
Art..........Cartoon............Thought "Right now I like making ink drawings on adhered together sheets of vintage book paper, there is a fragility to these images that I find interesting (as if the wind may blow them away at any moment) and the hand drawn stark black lines against the intricate printed words of the book pages offer a strange fusion and depth that seems to give the images a kind of 'meaning' and back story, even though unconnected in a contrived way. I never pick the image for the pages or visa-versa they just collide as chance permits, any meaning they may have is purely created by the observer and their own imaginings." I have drawn since childhood and as other children stop at some point in their development i never did. I draw obsessively every single day filling books with ideas, cartoons and drawings. So my drawing abilities seem to have developed in natural progression giving me the ability to freely use a number of distinct styles and approaches. I have formally studied commercial and graphic art and hold an advanced certificate in visual communication. I was employed and served as an 'illustrator repographic' in the Australian Army, This job included regimental photography and related darkroom procedures . I have held several solo exhibitions, and have been included in numerous group and collective shows. My work has been acquired and is included in interesting private,corporate and public collections, throughout the world. My illustrations, cartoons and artworks have been reproduced in books and other printed periodicals. I am a self represented full time artist. I primarily like to work with ink on paper, but am versed with oils and acrylics and enjoy making and using collage. I live in Queensland Australia and have a second studio in Fitzroy Melbourne which I visit several times each year to do street art ,with my wife Fee and young daughter Jazz. I have a small studio in my backyard where i hide and work. I immigrated to Australia from Europe with my parents when i was a young child. I have traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the UK. The rest is yet to come. thank you for your interest. "A wonderful artist" - The Sir Hon Ronald Arculli OBE
A S & N Gallery ..The Rocks Sydney 1996
The Gold Coast Art gallery Queensland 1996
Moulton Gallery.. Mosman Sydney 1997
many group and collective shows 1998 - 2009
The Tap gallery Darlinghurst Sydney 2012
Art tempers my spirit, it gives me direction. Without art I would most likely be a psychopath. One can spend a lifetime looking at the world but seldom do they “see” anything. My art helps me to “see” life around me, without art things seem brutal and pointless.
Zoneone Arts excerpts from an interview;
You comment, ‘I paint, I draw, I do this every day.’ Can you elaborate on this comment?
The comment you refer to in your first question can be taken literally in the sense that ...I "do" draw & or paint everyday..I am not saying this is extraordinary but have made it a kind of 'catch phrase' or mantra or even an affirmation of sorts. I have made drawings be it cartoons or elaborate inks for as long as I can truly remember, I do not use this as a cliché the cliché was born from people like me...drawing is the very life blood that keeps me whole and sane and happy as well...some folk climb mountains, some need to gorge on fine food...I need to draw....'everyday'.
Your inspiration and work is often taken from everyday activities, riding a bike, the joy of a ride on a swing... Can you expand on this?
I guess that this may be a direct result of the first questions answer for apart from drawing I do not do much of this other stuff, I do like to ride a bike and swing however a lot of the things I draw are directly a reaction to a nostalgic need to stay connected to some ideal of youth, but then there is this whole other side of me that wants to jump into the now and use gel pens and sparkles to make up contemporary pop drawings......I have a real creative Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde thing happening.Can you discuss your Ballet series; both the drawing and the background of the sheet music?
When I was an adolescent I had the thrill of attending a production of the nutcracker suite at the Australian Opera House. I think it was visiting form overseas it may have even been the Bolshoi on a rare tour??....it was a school thing but only a few people went...a teacher & six or seven kids, it was a lot of money back then for the ticket but my parents thought it worth it even though they were quite frugal and skimp. I remember thinking it was a lark really and did not take it seriously, but then when I sat and watched these people with sinewy strong bodies gliding gracefully across the floor as if held up by strings I was thrown into another world, I did not follow the story or the music even, but I fell in a trance for these dancers on a personal level they blew my mind with their ability,line and beauty. Until one has seen actual ballet of quality in front of their eyes they have no right to comment on the merit of this form at all. So I am a life time fan , but for the form and line my interest is purely buried in the artistic side of the figurative beauty of these dancers and in short I love the look of old sheet music and the two seemed to complement each other well..