“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, senior curator, AGNSW

Steve Lopes is a Sydney-based painter known for his figurative landscapes. He often works en plein air, painting vignettes of places that are then used as references for large-scale studio works.

Steve Lopes – Encountered is a survey exhibition of works from 1997 to 2021, including rarely seen drawings, prints and collages, together with the artist’s diaries and drawing books. Curated by KON GOURIOTIS, the exhibition considers how the artist reflects on our age of complexity, volatility and crisis through thematic narratives of migration and place, the body on the land and the land without the body. Voids, barriers and passages that appear and reappear play an important role in Lopes’ work, and provide insights into his philosophy.

Opening at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in March, the exhibition will be presented from May at the Orange Regional Gallery.

Steve Lopes – Encountered 148-page book is currently in production and available via presale.


Steve Lopes – Encountered: SH ERVIN GALLERY March 26 until May 7, 2022
ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY from May 20 until July 16, 2022

A Queenscliff Gallery solo exhibition will follow Steve Lopes’ two survey exhibitions from Aug 25 until Sep 12, 2022.