We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Dane Lovett Standard poodle 8

acrylic on aluminium composite panel

152 x 132 cm

Standard poodle 8 is part of a series of paintings based on photographs of dogs posted online. While it’s possible to scroll through an almost endless feed of poodle images on the internet, I have painted this particular image over and over again. With each version, parts of the original are lost or distorted, and the work becomes more concerned with self-reflexivity, gesture and mark-making. I am particularly interested in how images, whether iconic or ubiquitous, can slip between the familiar, the strange, the ugly and the beautiful, and occasionally reverberate between all four.

Dane Lovett, 2019