Students in the Bachelor of Architecture degree program at Sydney University in the early 1960s were privileged to have Lloyd Rees and George Molnar as fifth-year teachers. The humanity and artistic sensitivities of Lloyd Rees balanced the incisive humour of Molnar cartoons. I was personally inspired by Lloyd’s soft voice and his personal sketches of places in Majorca and San Gimignano as we turned the pages of his sketch books. One afternoon he introduced another place of special significance to him, namely the Kiama-Geringong coast and the request from the Headmaster of Kiama High School. To participate in the project was an honour. It also galvanized the interest in class colleagues to travel and record impressions with pen and washes.
Neville Clouten holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Sydney University, a Master of Architecture from the Ohio State University, and a PhD from Edinburgh University. He is a member of several professional art societies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Neville was awarded the American Institute of Architects AIA Michigan 2000 President’s Award.
Neville worked as an architect in Stockholm before his thirty-five year career as a college professor and dean. He taught at the University of Newcastle from 1969 to 1980 and was invited to be the inaugural professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. From 1990 to 2003 he was Dean of the College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. He is now Dean Emeritus of Architecture and Design, and Professor Emeritus of Art and Architecture. Publications include many drawings, and sixty articles in architecture, art, science and education journals. Neville and his wife, Norene, live in retirement at Wangi Wangi, NSW.
As a student, practicing architect and teacher, Neville has always carried a sketchbook. He regularly exhibits watercolours in juried art shows and galleries in Australia and North America. His work can be seen in corporate offices and private collections. Sketches for all watercolours are completed on location at towns and harbours around the world.
Neville Clouten shares his watercolour expertise in workshops, including those on ocean cruises and river cruises. In September 2003, he presented workshops on the Cunard Line Queen Elizabeth 2 from London to New York as part of the Festival of the Arts program, and from 2004 on the Queen Mary 2. He has taught watercolour workshops with Vantage Deluxe World Travel on the Volga, Rhine, Rhone, Danube, Yangtze and Nile Rivers.