Officially launched at a cocktail event on June 19, the Melbourne initiative features the work of two local painters, Jon Cattapan and Dane Lovett for a six-month exhibition in the reception and client areas of the office.
As the current director of the Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of VCA and MCM, Mr Cattapan is well-known for his 2008 commission with The Australian War Memorial as Australia’s 63rd official war artist. He also received the Bulgari Art Award in 2013.
Emerging Australian artist, Mr Lovett has been a past recipient of the Clayton Utz Art Award. His works have been acquired by the Art Gallery of NSW, Gold Coast City Galley and Artbank, as well as in private collections domestically and abroad.
Clayton Utz deputy chief executive partner, Bruce Cooper said the partnership demonstrates the innovative approach the firm takes to client interaction, “from connecting visual arts and business communities, to developing smart commercial solutions for clients, to creating positive workplace environments for our people.”
“Our clients and staff were incredibly receptive to the launch of the Clayton Utz Art Partnership in Sydney last year, so we saw real benefit in bringing the initiative to Melbourne where we anticipate a similar positive engagement,” he said.
Clayton Utz Art Partnerships are managed and curated by 3:33 Art Projects.