A dealer for nearly 50 years, Clive Loveless, was initially partnered with the late David Black at their internationally renowned Holland Park, London gallery where they specialised in Near Eastern tribal rugs, kilim tapestries and textiles. They held many exhibitions with accompanying illustrated catalogues while also working with Nicholas Serota at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1977 on The Undiscovered Kilim exhibition and with Sir David Attenborough on one of his Tribal Eye TV series in 1979 entitled Woven Gardens.
Since amicably splitting with his partner in the mid ’80s Clive has worked by appointment from his home in North Kensington and has diversified his interest in, as he describes it, “focussed eclecticism”, moving into abstract tribal artefact and textile fields from Africa to Oceania, while still cultivating one of his early specialisations in the little known area of rare pre-1850 dowry tapestries from the Skane area of southern Sweden.
Another particularly important focus over the last 15 years has been the “woven sculpture” of the early prestige basketry of the Tutsi people of Rwanda and Burundi. This has culminated in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York recently acquiring from him an early basketry woven screen featured in their Recent Acquisitions: 2008-2010 bulletin, while many of his Tutsi baskets and Congo fibre textiles have been featured in the Weaving Abstraction exhibition at The Textile Museum, Washington D.C. Last but not least... at the end of last September, some of Clive's Tutsi basketry art was integrated with the work of US contemporary artist, Sarah Crowner, at Nordenhake Gallery, Stockholm of which his son, Ben is gallery director...with over half the prestige lidded baskets selling.. and mainly to new eyes.