Sad loss

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I have just learnt of the sad loss of one of the nicest people I ever met.

Enos Lovatt was born in 1937 and died yesterday of pneumonia after being diagnosed with alzheimers disease a few years ago.

He was a contemporary of and studied painting in the same group as David Hockney.

I wish I knew more about him. He was a lovely person and I had the luck to have him as one of my tutors at the North Staffs polytechnic. I think he was on the interview panel that offered me a place on the Fine Art course there.

Enos was then living in Wolstanton and on one occasion I had the privilege of visiting his house with other students. The house was full of wonderful, colourful paintings. I remember some of them being stacked up the stairs.

I lost track of him after finishing college but he continued to paint and I went to see an exhibition of his painting a few years ago at Burslem School of Art. It was there that I heard he had been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. I know he then moved away to be closer to his family.

I regret not talking to him more. He, like another of my tutors,  Arthur Berry, was an inspiring teacher. I am sad to hear that he has passed away.

The painting in the photo is one of his still lives. I’m glad I have it as a memory of him.

4 thoughts on “Sad loss

  1. Thanks for posting this Chris. I share all of those experiences you mentioned with Enos. He was a huge influence on me and I can still hear his voice. Such a happy and positive person.
    I looked forward to his advice so much.
    RIP Enos ♡

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  2. One of the most inspirational exhibitions I have ever seen was a selection of strongly colourful paintings by Enos Lovatt at the Flaxman Gallery, which was part of the now entrance of Staffs Uni, then North Staffs Poly. He had spent time in Sri Lanka and the colours of the paintings reflected the sunshine and sharp colour of the summer there. Sadly missed and a talented painter.

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