Atlanta artist Rick Lovell’s exhibit “Old School, New School: Three Decades of Illustration” will be opening December 5 at 6 p.m. in the John C. Williams Gallery of Art on the campus of Southern Adventist University. The event is free and the public is invited.
Lovell is the illustration program coordinator at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been on display with the Society of Illustrators Statue of Liberty Exhibit and in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
The “old school” aspect of the exhibit consists of Lovell’s traditional illustration work, whereas the “new school” aspect consists of his digital work. According to his statement, this exhibit represents his artistic move toward a more experimental, digital, and looser type of work.
“The transition between traditional and digital is something every artist in the past couple of decades has had to deal with. It has informed styles and trends in design, illustration, and even the fine arts,” said Giselle Hasel, assistant professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at Southern.
Lovell has won awards from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles, and the magazines Communication Arts, 3x3, and Print. Some of the clients he’s worked with include AT&T, CNN, Disney, Kellogg’s, Macy’s, and Nike Design.
“Rick will be speaking to our students about the industry,” Hasel said. “Illustration is a more tangible and practical approach to art in today's world. Artists need to know how to apply their craft and market it.”
There will be a reception with light refreshments at the opening. “Old School, New School” will remain on display until February 15. For more information, call 423.236.2732.