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Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

One. Birth.

Two. Purpose and destination.

Two. This is about two artists who have answered that question of why!

Creation begets creativity and creativity begets creation.

A new artist at Lovetts Gallery who has certainly stolen our heart….

Australian Pop Surrealist artist, Marie Larkin, will enchant you with her highly detailed, richly colored, fairytale and nursery rhyme inspired paintings. Brush in elements of beauty, pop culture and the feminine persona as depicted by lovely women inhabiting the surrogate worlds and you will be met with that which is the art of Marie Larkin. A combination of the classical and the fantastical, the whimsical and the dark, Larkin expresses through the eyes of her subjects the relationships of emotion and narrative. Marie executes her sophisticated and mesmerizing signature style of women with meticulousness and imagination. Larkins piece’s, “Take This, My Heart of Gold” and “See This, My Black Heart” are fine examples of contrast in mood, in her color palette, her storytelling and of the polarity of the heart.


A new artist bringing her own focus to Lovetts Gallery is ….

Artist Nadia Lazizi, lives and paints from Scotland. She refers to her style as Aesthetic Realism, being influenced by the combination of classical fine artists of the Renaissance and the contemporary illustrators and photographers of today. Nadia chooses to make archetypal figurative representations of the female form the focus of her paintings. Herself, being focused, is also an artist who is deliberate. The deliberateness Lazizi brings to her oil paintings is evident in the way she constructs mood and atmosphere by juxtaposing the prominence of her figures against ambiguous backgrounds. Her deliberate constructs of intense lighting and restriction in color selection allows her to intensify an ephemeral moment in time, with light and shadows that are both welcoming and remote, so that the viewer can interrupt in their own way whilst still being guided by the ambience and composition of the image as a whole.

Nadia’s work integrates soft-focus, chiaroscuro*, and dry brush techniques with an illustrative edge. In Lazizi’s portrayal of women, she paints a tasteful balance between sensuality and femininity. The elements of reflection, catharsis and renewal are ever-present aspects to her work.


(Sottish born, Alexander Graham Bell said, “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”)

Two different artists, two different women, two different artistic styles.

Both new to Lovetts Gallery, both painting other women and both painting with heart, focus, purpose and destination.


*What is Chiaroscuro?

Glad you asked! It is a term for an oil painting technique developed during the Renaissance, that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms, often to dramatic effect. The underlying principle is that solidity of form is best achieved by the light falling against it. Artists known for developing the technique include Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt. It is a mainstay of black and white photography. Nadia Lazizi makes use of intense artificial lighting to achieve this dramatic effect in her paintings.

Chiaroscuro= Light-Dark

Next time you are enjoying a candlelight dinner… are experiencing…. chiaroscuro!

Thank you for investing your time to read and learn about the artists we represent at Lovetts Gallery. We have many splendid artists working in the genre of figurative work and you will find them all on our website under Artists, and of course, in our gallery.