Steve Lopes is a Sydney based painter and printmaker known for his figurative landscape. He often works en plein air, painting vignettes of a place which are used as references for large-scale studio works. While his landscapes are often a representation of what he saw, the figures are often imagined personalities, or placed into the composition after the fact. He often depicts isolated figures to emphasise the displacement of the human figure within the world.
In 2017 Steve travelled to the former battlefields of the Western Front in France and Belgium with 10 other well-known Australian artists and was invited to exhibit works in the touring exhibition Salient – Contemporary artists at the Western Front.
Steve Lopes is a frequent finalist in national awards including the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Kings School Art Prize, Kedumba Drawing Award and the Kilgour Figurative Art Prize. He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including 'Not the Way Home' a group exhibition of 13 prominent Australian artists and the Salon de Refuses, both at the SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
Steve's works have been acquired in collections such as the National Art Gallery of Australia, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, BHP Billiton Art Collection and the Time Warner Collection in New York.