Pygoya Webmuseum is proud to offer the original art of Larry Lovett, the first computer artist of the state of Hawaii. Back in 1984 Lovett purchased and installed in Honolulu the then highest end of personal computer graphic power as embodied in a souped up IBM-XT with Lumena 8 (8-bit) graphics. The system cost Lovett approximately $30,000. Larry Lovett became good friends and worked closely with the developer of Lumena, John Dunn of California. Rodney Chang, now known as Pygoya, was Lovett's student protege'. Pygoya, then a painter and sculptor, was introduced to "computer graphics" changing his artistic interests, ambition and life forever. Over a decade later the two artists continue an endearing friendship and collaborate on digital art projects. Like Pygoya, Lovett was formally trained in the traditional art media before taking to computer graphics. Lovett received a Masters of Art in Education from Columbia University in New York and has exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution. These watercolors caputre the same character and emotional expression as Lovett's computer graphics animations now showing in the Webmuseum Theater. One cannot help to realize the same raw energy of Lovett's color palette in animation spills over into creations in watercolor. In fact the artist now is working on a series that uses "computer art as subject matter for (his) watercolors".
Lovett describes his involvement in computer graphics and animation as fine arts forms in his mission statement as Director for The Webmuseum Theater. Because of his work on the project and inaugural directorship of the virtual theater for animated cyberart it is an honor to dedicate the historic online theater to the Larry Lovett.
Larry Lovett's prismatic watercolors have a romantic Polynesian timelessness to them. The works are available in the Gift Shop collection. Lovett draws a direct association between his watercolor paintings and his digital artwork. "I find watercolors come closest of all the pigment media. The way I use it is to provide layers of transparent color through which light can pass both ways. When it bounces off the paper it is like electronic light emitted towards your eyes.To accentuate the effect I also mix in flourescent pigments." Lovett uses only archival watercolor fine arts paper, such as Archives and Fabriano.
Some biography on Larry Lovett
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