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Maria Cherry Gallery


Southern American Realism

H. R. Lovell Biography

H.R. Lovell is one of Tennessee's best kept secrets, who was officially titled "Tennessee's Artist in Residence" 2001-2003 by the State Senate's majority vote.

This honor encompasses a direct correlation between the artist of high creative standard and the audience that has recognized the artwork's credibility and strength. As quoted from Fanciose Gilot in the first chapter of "Life with Picasso", painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of passion designed as a mediator between this strange, hostile world, and us, a way of seizing the power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires. As the official "Tennessee Artist in Residence",H.R. Lovell has expressed the spirit and assets of Tenessee through his many works of art, contributing to the outstanding talent in this state, and professional accomplishment in the creation of visual art. His artistry is not driven by the commercial pressures of today, but by and from a place within that is in complete conjunction to the raw, but exquisite photo-realism present in all of his paintings that seem to have the power to evoke many emotions.

Lovell, who is completely self taught, uses primarily watercolor and egg tempra for the mediums in each and every masterpiece. Watercolor is used for brushed, plyable strokes, and egg tempra for intense depth of color and illumination. His paintings are often characterized by strong, rigid composition, late afternoon sunlight and deep shadows.

H.R. Lovell was born and raised in Cheatham County, Tennessee. Having lived all of his life in the middle Tennessearea, Lovell developed an awareness of his surrounding long before he picked up his first paint brush. His meticulous attention to detail, as well as his obvious eye for light and shadows, are apparent in all of his works.

Renowned and admired by other artists in his field, H.R. Lovell was invited to display his works at the Navajo Galleryin Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico with world recognized artist, R.C. Gorman, who is known as the "Picasso of Native American Artist". Likewise in return, Gorman has fondly referred to H.R.Lovell as "The Andrew Wyeth of the South". Notable people owning Lovell's work are Mel Tillis, Mario Pasin, Duane Eddy, Ken Harvey, Tommy Alsup, Trisha Cast, Alan Jackson, Roy Acuff, Pat Head Summit, Don Light, R.C. Gorman, Norman Mineta, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis as well as many others.