‘My sculptures are inspired by organic, natural forms – such as plants, and the elements of sea and wind. A recurring theme and feature of my work are undulating planes with polished edges that suggest or define a movement through space; or often the sculptures consist of two individual forms in relationship to each other, striving to create a unified harmony.’
Margaret Lovell was born in Bristol in 1939 and studied at the West of England College of Art between 1956–60. She then went on to study at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, from 1960–62, where she won first and second prizes for sculpture, drawing and etching. From 1962–3, she studied on an Italian State Scholarship Award at the Academy of Fine Art in Florence. From 1964 – 65 she studied in Athens and travelled extensively in Greece on a Greek Government Scholarship.
Since the late 1950’s her sculpture has been exhibited extensively in the UK. She has enjoyed many solo shows, the first being in 1965 at the Marjorie Parr Gallery, London, including in 2009, at Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. Her work was featured in the national touring show, ‘Unpopular Culture’, curated by the artist and ceramicist, Grayson Perry, from works selected from the Arts Council’s collection, and features in the show’s catalogue.
Margaret Lovell’s works are held in many public and corporate collections throughout the UK Europe and the USA, including: City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth; The Arts Council of Great Britain; University of London, and University of Southampton. Commissioned works include: sculpture for Barclay’s Bank Ltd, Bristol; 5-metre high sculpture for the Great Ouse Water Authority; World Sailing Championship Trophies for John Player & Son; sculptures for World Achievement Awards, Unilever.
She is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, a Member of the Royal West of England Academy, and in 2012 was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Leicester. In 2016 Lovell moved to New Zealand where she is represented by Jonathan Grant Gallery.