26 March – 8 May
Steve Lopes’ work is enormously diverse in imagery and content. It is a celebration of the enduring spirit of humanity and the power of connection. Anne Ryan, curator of Australian Art, AGNSW
Steve Lopes Encountered is a survey exhibition of over eighty paintings, from 1997 to 2021, and includes rarely seen drawings, prints and collages, together with the artist’s diaries and drawing books. Opening at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, the exhibition will also be presented at the Orange Regional Gallery from 21 May – 17 July..
Steve Lopes is a Sydney-based painter known for his figurative landscapes which he often works en plein air, painting vignettes of places used as references for large-scale studio works.
Curated by Kon Gouriotis, editor Artist Profile magazine, the exhibition considers how the artist, through thematic narratives of migration and place, of the body on the land and the land without body, reflects on our age of complexity, volatility, crisis. The emergence of voids, barriers and paths that appear and reappear play an important role in Lopes’ work, and provide insights into his philosophy regarding representation and the social and art context through which his scenes of harshness and kindness emerge.
An Orange Regional Gallery and S.H. Ervin Gallery partnership exhibition.
The shows to go on: our top picks for cashing in your vouchers this autumn – The Sydney Morning Herald 24 February 2022
Featured image: Steve Lopes Exposed Wood, Mont St Quentin 2017 oil on canvas. 140 x 160cm Collection: Gallipoli Memorial Club