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CEO | Founder
Founder of Art Lovers Australia, Nancy is an exhibiting artist and Art Educator with over 20 years experience.
“Growing up on a 1000 acre property near Texas, Queensland was not an education in Fine Art but my mother trained me to find beautiful things – a birds nest in the tree, the blue bells in the grass, and stones on the river bank. She trained my eye to see the things in nature that made our hearts sing with delight.”
“Even after over 20 years in Art Education, I still tune into this same instinct to find beauty. There is a lot of art theory but really it’s about feeling. What makes your heart sing? What sparks your interest? It’s as simple and complex as falling in love.”
Assisting new and existing artists with setting up their galleries, publishing and any site issues they encounter is Kim’s primary role. She’s here to help make the journey smooth for artists so they can dedicate more time to creating brilliant art.
“I never did have a grand plan or mapped out career path, determined than work had to fit to my life not the other way round. By chance beginning in corporate Sydney before children interrupted, morphed into the education sector then small business and event management. Advertising followed jointly owning a boutique advertising agency for over a decade. The lure of combining international group travel with graphic art was a natural progression before joining Art Lovers in the early formative years seemed inevitable, with a wide ranging role utilizing a broad skill set with art having been a constant throughout.”
Gallery Coordinator ~ Art Lovers Australia Gallery | Melbourne
Artist and curator Joshua Simpson has joined the Art Lovers Australia team as our Melbourne gallery coordinator.
Josh holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania. He has been a finalist in a number of Australian art prizes including the Nillumbik Art Prize for Contemporary Art, the John Leslie Art Prize, and the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize. Prior to joining the Art Lovers team, Josh worked as a curator and installer at Tinning Street Presents. He has coordinated numerous art projects including The Brunswick Studio Walk (2018 – 2016) and the Vision Australia Leadership Summit’s (2015) artistic program.
Josh has been working and practicing in the arts for over a decade. His research interests include contemporary painting, humour, pastiche and Australian Gothic visual art.
Commission & Mural Consultant
With over 30 years’ experience in customer service and as an artist herself, Libby loves connecting collectors with artists.
Since coming on board with the Art Lovers Australia team in July of 2019, Libby has assisted in connecting many collectors with artists to create many exquisite pieces.
So whether it be an abstract, a pet portrait, landscape, figurative, still life, fine art photography, portrait, pop art, sculptor or mural, let Libby with her extensive knowledge of artists available onsite, take away the worry and confusion and contact her now to discuss further.
She waits in anticipation and excitement to support and guide you throughout the whole process.
Art & Design Consultant
An award winning artist herself Jeska loves the challenge of curating art selections that are not only beautiful but contribute to the storytelling of a space.
A uniquely beautiful story begins with an emotional response and to me, art embodies exactly that. It is an expression of ourselves. To create a space whether it be personal or commercial I believe that art has the power to inspire, to spark curiosity and to balance or challenge its surroundings.
Our spaces, whether personal or commercial should be an expression of ourselves, and art is an important part of that expression.
Whether your brief requires realism, abstract or fine art photography Jeska and her team will be able to source art perfect for your space.
Writer & Gallery Assistant ~ Art Lovers Australia Gallery | Melbourne
Amelia Pontifex is an art historian, curator and writer. She is currently completing a Masters of Arts at Monash University and has joined the Art Lovers Australia team as a gallery assistant and writer. Prior to joining us, she received First Class Honours at Melbourne University for her dissertation on the Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. In 2019 she completed a Bachelor of Art History and Curating at Monash University and in 2016 completed a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Design.
Deeply committed to Melbourne’s art and culture scene, Amelia has worked at a number of galleries and coordinated a number of exhibitions. She has previously worked at the Jewish Museum of Australia and the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). Her passion for art history has also taken her to France, where she previously worked as a gallery assistant, art restorer and curator in Paris.
Amelia is well travelled and has a great knowledge of art from all over the world. Her research interests include Italian Renaissance/ Baroque art, Australian art, Surrealist and Modern Art as well as Australian Contemporary Art.
As long as he can remember Jarrod has been into art. “I feel like I was born with a pencil in my hand” he says. From a young age he would spend hours drawing anything that sparked his interest.
Fast forward over a decade and he graduated from the Queensland College of Art before going on to help create Art Lovers Australia after years in the “creative wilderness”. He has over 10 years experience in logistics management as well as working with charities such as Camp Quality and Starlight Foundation.
“When I graduated from Art college in the early 90’s I, like many others, found myself in this void where it was almost impossible to make a living from art. So like a lot of my peers I found myself working in a completely unrelated industry whilst pursuing art in my spare time.”
It is this first hand experience as an artist that led Jarrod to help create Art Lovers Australia with his partner Nancy, also an artist.
Helpdesk & Gallery Assistant ~ Art Lovers Australia Gallery | Gold Coast
Since joining the Art Lovers team in early January 2021, Zan has been vital in assisting our customers and artists as our business grows both online and in the physical gallery space.
“I’m thoroughly enjoying being the Gallery Assistant at the Gold Coast gallery, and meeting customers. It brings me such joy to be able to have a job that is so varied and to be surrounded by beautiful art all day. Every day I’m learning more and more, and it’s so lovely to be able to do what I love.”
“I take pride in being able to help, and filling people’s lives with colour. I look forward to helping you too!”
Social Media | Interior Design Consultant
A graduate of Billy Blue College of Design (Torrens University), Mariam is a dedicated and enthusiastic designer who has joined the Art Lovers team as an Interior Design Consultant.
“After completing a Bachelor of Interior Design, I found myself passionate about Art and the world of Design. I enjoy coming up with innovative, fresh designs and love pushing myself to craft original concepts with the best possible design solutions.”
“I am charismatic, bubbly, hardworking and take a genuine approach to my work. The future trends of design, human interactivity, sustainability, digital design and abstract art fascinate me. I place a high value on human connection and cultural impact to create practical and functional commercial environments. I take pride in pushing the creative boundaries and work best in a collaborative team.”