Steve Lopes Encountered
Steve Lopes Encountered on display at S. H. Ervin Gallery is a survey exhibition presented in association with Orange Regional Gallery of over 80 paintings, rarely seen drawings, prints and collages, together with the artist’s diaries and drawing books.
Steve Lopes is a Sydney based painter known for his figurative landscapes. He often works en plein air, painting vignettes of places which are used as references for large-scale studio works.
This exhibition examines how the work of Australian and international artists, including Lucian Freud, Euan Macleod, Frank Auerbach, Kevin Connor, Chaim Soutine, Jan Senbergs and Philip Guston has influenced the work of Steve Lopes.
It will also consider 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.
Offered to the public as part of wider exhibition dates, 26 March – 8 May 2022.