Ivan Lovatt born in Nairobi, Kenya and spent his childhood in Africa, England, Wales and Germany. When not outside enjoying the natural environment, Ivan was drawn to all forms of artistic expression, and began drawing birds and African wildlife.  

As an adult, Ivan worked mostly in construction, but art was always an important part of his life. He exhibited his sculpture and paintings in group exhibitions at the Guildhall Grantham, before emigrating to Australia in 1994. Now artist lives in the Gold Coast Hinterland.


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Britain’s black power movement is at risk of being forgotten, say historians

Britain’s black power movement is being written out of recent cultural history because it does not fit into the “utopian” narrative of the UK being a nation of civilised fair play, a new book argues. “If that is your narrative of British history then there can be no need for a black rights movement,” said Bunce. “Any black person who says they are being discriminated against is clearly just making it up, because the British are just so fair.” The book says Britain’s black power movement was galvanised into existence by what was happening in the US and by speeches made at the Roundhouse in north London in 1967 by Stokely Carmichael. “From that point onwards you get this explosion of black power happening in Britain,” said Bunce.

Hey you! Ever wanted to dismantle traditional values, norms and modes of expression so as to deconstruct contemporary culture? Ever craved something but did not know what it was that you craved? Are you bored? Is that why we are on our phones? Is this pretentious? Yeah? Yeah.. Yeah?… No. Whatever, who cares just keep looking looking looking…Wow. Now, if you’re famous you needn’t be reading this as you have already won, already made it, you’re at the shores of Ithaka taking pictures and passing off hallmark philosophies as your own. I see the people on the Internet sometimes they are looking at me sometimes not and I know their names.

All I know is the only art worth any investment is art that makes you feel personally addressed. A simple truth, or set of truths, that galvanises an awareness and passion within the individual and in doing so emerciates them into a community founded upon that same personal connection.

Too many artists care about what others think - we are for the community - a non-linear observation on everything that has been and what will become, the lack of understanding of the world we are immersed in.. the post ironic notion of the modern world. Selfie mythologising. Creating how we consume. Fragments of culture. Not settling for what you’ve been given. We’ve just come to represent a decline in the standards of what we accept.

I would die for this, as pretentious or over reaching as that may sound I fucking would.

This is for the fans.

………Me    xxx

—  Matty Healy [x]
The one responsibility I believe that I have, to rationalise this insane influx of attention I have acquired from teenage girls, is to stand up against ideas that promote inequality and to make a point of promoting ideas that galvanise a dialogue amongst young women about how important they are. It’s all about the importance of secularism for female empowerment.
—  Matty Healy, on female empowerment (via healydanes)

Kendra Haste Brings Galvanized Wire to Life

Kendra Haste is a contemporary animal sculptor working with the medium of galvanized wire.

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1998, Kendra has established a significant reputation in her field with work included in collections world-wide. She is a member of
the Society of Wildlife Artists (UK) and a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists (USA).

Public sculptures in the United Kingdom include an elephant at Waterloo Station, London and thirteen works at the Tower of London, commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces in 2010.

‘What interests me most about studying animals is identifying the spirit and character of the individual creatures. I try to create a sense of the living, breathing subject in a static 3-D form, attempting to convey the emotional essence without indulging in the sentimental or anthropomorphic.’

H/T Colossal