Sculptor and draughtsman, born and lived in London, who graduated at Newcastle Polytechnic, 1985–8, gaining a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art, 1988–90. Obtained a Barclays Young Artist of the Year Award, 1991; Royal Society of Arts’ Arts for Architecture Awards, 1996 and 1997; and a British School at Rome Scholarship, 1997. Took part in many group exhibitions in Britain and abroad, later ones including Lost, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2000, which Kovats curated. Later solo exhibitions included Asprey Jacques, 1998, and New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Salisbury, 1999; Kovats’ solo exhibition Slip, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, in 2002, included landscape-related metamorphic forms created with malleable warm wax layered within a vice-like machine, as well as abstract works on paper created by blowing ink with a single breath through a straw; and there was another show at Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, and tour, 2004.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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