Ivan Lloyd began his artistic career as a layout artist for a
large American Advertising Agency in London during the sixties. He
left England to study at Les Ecole de Beaux Art in Paris, and then
traveled overland to Greece where he survived by sketching the
historical ruins of Athens and Delphi for sale to visiting tourists.
He then sailed across the Mediterranean to Egypt and eventually
settled in Tangiers, an International city with a thriving Black
Market, a colorful history and a reputation as a center for Bohemian
culture. There, he studied Islamic Art and Arabic Calligraphy for
seven years, under a special provision granted to foreign artists by
the Sultan of Morocco, Muhammad V.
Lloyd then traveled overland to India where he studied Art and
Eastern Philosophy in Bombay as part of the Maria Montessori
teachers training program. He came to America in1972 and lived in
San Francisco until he accepted a tenure as the artist-in-residence
for The Southern Arizona Light Opera Company where he worked in
close collaboration with the original set designers of “The Wizard
of Oz” and “My Fair Lady.” As head of a select team of artists he
created numerous stage sets for Theaters around the country and for
eight years, between seasons, he designed “Haunted Mansions” for
charitable organizations in Scottsdale, Las Vegas and Atlanta.
Lloyd draws upon his experiences in the theatre to create original
artwork with an authenticy strongly influenced by his romantic
exposure to other cultures. His painting style is immediately
recognizable and his work adorns the walls of many prestigious homes
and private collections around the world and several of his large
original oil paintings are on permanent display at the Desert Rose
Institute in Eloy Arizona. He has written and illustrated three
books on Persian history which have been published in English and
translated into Farsi.
Lloyd is a Member of the Equine Art Guild and the Association of
Southwestern Authors and in 1997 he was included in the National
Registry of Who’s Who in the World of Professional Artists.
He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from St Martin’s
College of Art (1967) in London and a Royal Society of Fine Arts
Diploma (1964) from the University of London Associated Examining