Winnipeg Artist Tom Lovatt to Speak on Work of Fernando Botero

Many contemporary artists are inspired by the work of those who have come before them. Fernando Botero is one such artist, local painter Tom Lovatt is another. On Sunday, February 1 at 2pm, Lovatt will explore Botero's work and his art historical influences. The talk and tour is included with admission to the exhibition The Baroque World of Fernando Botero.

“This tour will help us to consider our assumptions about the purposes of art, the role of the artist in society, and how we ascribe meaning and value to what we see,” says WAG Art Educator Anna Wiebe.

Tom Lovatt, like Botero, takes his inspiration from the Baroque masters. In fact, both artists have created works based on Diego Veláquez’s paintings of Spanish princesses. A 1974 graduate of the University of Manitoba Fine Arts program, Lovatt is one of Winnipeg’s best known painters with work in many private and public collections. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the WAG, including Tom Lovatt: The Human Position in 1998.

“Fernando Botero is a brilliant colourist, highly skilled technician, and an artist who has stayed true to his own personal vision,” says Director Stephen Borys. “Everything is big about his work, the people, the animals, the fruit and our visitors have been responding to it with great enthusiasm. We have a varied program of tours and talks, in both English and Spanish, a writing workshop, and our January 30 Family Sunday, so we are hoping to see many more people attending before its final day of February 27.”

Internationally renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero depicts the comedy of human life, creating a world of his own which is both accessible and enigmatic, blending violence, humour, and beauty. His images of his native country and its inhabitants combine brilliant colour, cultural identity, and political satire. Botero’s works speak to art historical precedent, Colombian culture and politics, self-autobiography, memory, violence, and social excess. This exhibition provides audiences with the opportunity to explore the work of an artist who chose not to conform, instead opting to follow his own personal vision.

Exhibition curated by Dr. John Sillevis, Curator of the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. Organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. Sponsored by Pattison Outdoor Advertising.

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