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Steve Lopes


A celebrated figurative painter with work in the National Gallery collection, Lopes was raised in Sydney in a migrant family who for generations were fishermen and land workers on the volcanic Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily. This latest show plots a course through lands both foreign and familiar, inspired by family history and the artist’s view of the landscape as a vehicle for investigating human existence.


Born in Sydney, Australia, 27.5.71

2004 & 05           Private study with Peter Howson, Glasgow

1998                    The London Print Studio, UK (lived and worked in London 1997 & 98)

1991                    New York Art Students League, USA

1989-91               Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, COFA

University of New South Wales, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2016                    “The Late Riser” Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

“Open Cut” Linton and Kay Galleries, Perth

2015                    “The Trip To Italy” Steve Lopes, Fiumano Fine Art , London

“Peaks and Valleys” Nock Gallery, Hong Kong

“Steve Lopes- Gallipoli” Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane

“Exit Town” Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2014                   “Outsider”, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

“Paintings For Clive James” Kogarah Cultural Centre, Sydney

2013                   “China Studies” Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

“The Curious Watcher -Steve Lopes ”  Survey Show, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery NSW

2012                   “Junk” Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

“Steve Lopes – Changing Landscapes” Fiumano Fine Art, London

2010                   ‘Parc Life’, Fiumano Fine Art, London

‘Eternals’ Jon Dwyer Fine Art, Melbourne

‘Doors to the Drydock’ Colville Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2009                   ‘Sons of Los’, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2008                   ‘Steve Lopes Prints’, Impressions on Paper Gallery, ACT

2007                   ‘Ex Nihilo’, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney

2006                   ‘Silver Valley’, Gallery 482, Brisbane

‘Bundanon Paintings’, Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

2005                   ‘Passage’, Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

2004                   ‘Elemental Man’, Gallery 482, Brisbane

‘Ambergris’, Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

2003, 4, 5, 6, 7    Pollock Galleries, Melbourne

2002                   ‘Introduced Species’, Gallery 482, Brisbane

2000                   ‘The Arrivals’, Gallery Savah, Sydney

1996                   ‘Access’, Toast II Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

2016                     ‘Doug Moran Portrait Award’ Finalist, Juniper Hall Sydney

‘Kilgour Figurative Art Prize ‘ Finalist, Newcastle Art Gallery NSW

‘Percival Portrait Prize’ Finalist, Townsville Regional Gallery QLD

‘Rick Amor Drawing Prize’ Finalist, Ballarat Regional Gallery, VIC

‘Archibald, Salon Des Refuses’, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

‘Mosman Art Award ‘ Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney2015

‘Parliament House Plein Air Painting Prize’ Finalist , Parliament House Sydney

‘The Dog in Australian Art’, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW

2015                     ‘Your Friend the Enemy’, SH Ervin Gallery Sydney, ANU Drill Hall Canberra, Bathurst Regional

Gallery and Pataka Regional Gallery New Zealand (Curated by John McDonald & Terrance Maloon)

Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, Nock Gallery China

‘Parliament House Plein Air Painting Prize’ Finalist , Parliament House Sydney

‘Six Gallery Artists’ Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2014                     First China-ASEAN Art Biennale, International Cultural Center, Nanning, China

‘Doug Moran Portrait Award’ Finalist, Juniper Hall Sydney

‘MAF13 Melbourne Art Fair, ‘Your Friend the Enemy’ Royal Exhibition Building, VIC

‘Parliament House Plein Air Painting Prize’ Finalist , Parliament House Sydney

‘Kilgour Figurative Art Prize ‘ Finalist, Newcastle Art Gallery NSW

‘Steve Lopes -Paintings For Clive’ Kogarah Cultural Centre, NSW

‘Swan Hill Print and Drawing Prize’ Finalist, Swan Hill Regional Gallery VIC

‘BlowIn Art Collective”  Broken Hill Regional Gallery

‘Waiheke Island Artist Residency’,Exhibition & Residency, Waiheke Regional Gallery

& Bowen Galleries , Wellington, New Zealand

‘Phantom Show’ Australian Galleries, Sydney

‘Touching Our Land” Queen Street Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

2013                   ‘Doug Moran Portrait Award’ Finalist, Juniper Hall Sydney

‘Eutick Memorial Still Life Award’ Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, and Parliament House NSW

‘Zoologica” group exhibition, Stella Downer fine Art, Sydney

‘Archibald – Salon de Refuses’ S.H Ervin Gallery Sydney

‘Insight Radical’ Griffen Gallery, London

‘Summer Show’ Fiumano Fine Art, London

‘Mosman Art Award’ Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

‘Gallery Artists’ Group exhibition, Colville Gallery, Hobart Tasmania

2012                   ‘Not the Way Home’ Painting the Desert. SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney / NERAM / Broken Hill  Regional Gallery/ Stella Downer Fine Art/ Walcha Art Gallery/ Buratti Fine Art Perth

MAF 12 Melbourne Art Fair, Artist Profile Magazine, Melbourne VIC

‘Archibald – Salon de Refuses’ S.H Ervin Gallery Sydney

‘Eutick Memorial Still Life Award’ Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW

‘St George Art Awards’ Highly Commended, Hurstville Museum & Art Gallery Sydney

‘Larapinta Trail’ Group exhibition, Nowra Regional Gallery, NSW

2011        Kedumba Invitational Drawing Award, finalist

“Stations of the Cross”, Invited artist, St Ives Uniting Church, NSW

‘30 to Collect’, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

‘Gallery Artists Group exhibition”Colville Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

AIR, Taronga Zoo Artists in Residence, Newcastle University Gallery

‘Kilgour Figurative Art Prize ‘ Finalist, Newcastle Art Gallery NSW

‘The Larapinta Trail’ group exhibition , Defiance gallery Sydney

2010                   ‘On This Island’, eleven prominent artists paint New Zealand, touring exhibition, Hazelhurst

Regional Gallery, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bowen Galleries – Wellington NZ, King Street Gallery

Kings School Art Prize, Invitational finalist, Sydney

Adelaide Perry Drawing Award finalist, Sydney

2009                   Edinburgh Art Fair, Scotland, Fiumano Fine Art UK

Black Swan Portrait Prize finalist, Perth

Jon Dwyer Fine Art, Melbourne

2008                   Kilgour Figurative Art Prize finalist, Newcastle Region Gallery

Summer Exhibition, Fiumano Gallery, London UK

Doug Moran Portrait Prize finalist, National Tour

‘About People’, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle NSW

City of Albany Art Prize, Albany Regional Art Gallery WA

Stanthorpe Art Award finalist, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Qld

2007                   Manning Prize finalist ‘Images of the Human Body’, Manning Regional Gallery

Kilgour Figurative Art Prize finalist, Newcastle Region Gallery

Conrad Jupiters Art Prize finalist, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

Painting 2007, group show, John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour NSW

2006                   Bundanon Residency, Arthur Boyd Studios, Bundanon, NSW

Doug Moran finalist (two works selected), National Tour

2006 & 04          Kedumba Invitational Drawing Award, finalist

2005                   London Art Fair, Battersea, Fiumano Fine Art, London

‘Art on Paper’, Hazelhurst Art Award, finalist

2004, 01 & 00     Archibald Salon de Refuses, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2004                   ‘Arte di Ritorno’, Berio Gallery, Genoa, Italy

2003                   Metro 5 Art Prize finalist, Metro 5 gallery, Melbourne

Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize finalist, Bega Regional Art Gallery

Brian Moore Memorial Exhibition, Sydney

  • ‘Small Gems’, Metro 5 gallery, Melbourne

Brian Moore Gallery, ‘Naked’ & ‘Gallery Artists Exhibition’, Sydney

Jacaranda Drawing Prize finalist, Grafton Art Gallery

Waverly City Art Award finalist, Sydney

2004, 03, 02, 01  Hills Grammar Award finalist, Kenthurst, Sydney

2002, 01 & 99     Mosman Art Award finalist, Sydney

2001                   Alice Art Prize finalist, The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

Conrad Jupiters Art Prize finalist, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

2001 & 2000      AGNSW Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship finalist

2000                   Doug Moran Portrait Prize finalist, National Tour

Lloyd Rees Youth Art Award finalist, Atrium Gallery, ABC Centre

Shell National Print Awards finalist, Fremantle, WA

1999                   Alice Bale Awards finalist, Glen Eira Gallery, Caulfield, Melbourne

1999, 01 & 03    Carnivale Arts Festival, Italian/Australian Artist Award, Sydney, (First prizes)

1998                    Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London

1997                    Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Young Artist Award,

Mall Galleries, London

1997                   Sothebys Art Auction, New York, drawings

1995                    Orange Regional Gallery, NSW

1991                    University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts Graduates Exhibition


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra /Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra/ BHP Billiton, Art Collection Australia/ The Bundanon Collection / New South Wales State Library/ Sydney University Art Gallery Collection/ ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, University of  Wollongong Art Collection/  Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery/  The University of Melbourne Library/ Broken Hill Regional Gallery/ Waiheke Regional Gallery New Zealand/ Time Warner Collection New York/  Rolls Royce Collection London/ British Biotech, London/ Winsor and Newton Collection Australia/ Private collections in Australia, UK, Italy and USA


2016                  Nock Art Foundation, Painting Residency, Queenstown, New Zealand

2015                  Nock Art Foundation, Painting Residency. Hong Kong And Yellow Mountain, China

2014                 ‘Your Friend the Enemy’  Invited Artist Painting residency to Gallipoli, Turkey. National touring        Exhibition and Documentary Film, SH Ervin Gallery Sydney,  ANU Drill Hall Canberra

Waiheke Island Artist Residency, Waiheke Regional Gallery New Zealand

2012                 ARC Centre -Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology Artist Residency, Bio21 Institute School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne

2011                 ‘Not the Way home’ UNSW Fowlers Gap Research Centre, Broken Hill, Invited Artist Expedition.

Red Gate Gallery, Artist in Residence Programe, Redgate Studios, Beijing,  China

(Awarded, Australian Embassy Beijing – Artist Merit Grant)

AIR, Taronga Zoo Artist in Residence programe, Sydney, NSW

2009                 ‘On This Island – eleven prominent artists paint New Zealand”, Invited artist painting residency of

Wellington, Castlepoint, Tongariro National Park. New Zealand.

2006                  Bundanon Residency, Arthur Boyd Studios, Bundanon, NSW


John McDonald, Anzac 100, Artists Experience Inner Battle Sydney Morning Herald / Age, Spectrum April 28, 2015

Fiona Purdon, Battle Lines, Steve Lopes, Sunday Mail Brisbane, September 10 2015

John McDonald Your Friend the Enemy 100 year Anzac commemoration publication, 2015

Joel Meares, James Unlocks Heart of Suburbia Art and Entertainment – Sydney Morning Herald, Age May 31, 2014

Sue Forster, China Studies –Steve Lopes’ new collaboration with Duck Print, Imprint Magazine, summer pg19, 2014

Chris Wallace, Reclaiming Art, Canberra Times, 7 December 2013

Leah Haynes, Art Monthly, Steve Lopes China, Art Notes, December, 2013

Steve Lopes- Guest Editor of Artist Profile magazine Issue 25. 2014- artists edition.

Lynne Dwyer, ‘Junk’, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 4– 5 August, p.12, 2012

Idris Murphy, ‘Steve Lopes: Junk’, Art Almanac, July, pp. 40 – 41, 2012

Lynne Dwyer, ‘Fowlers Gap’, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 – 10 June, p.13, 2012

John McDonald, ‘Outback inspiration’, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 June, 2012

James Compton, Not The Way Home  Artist Profile magazine, Issue 18, 2012

The Daily Telegraph (UK),Arts Review pages, “Changing Landscapes” September 30, 2012

Elizabeth Fortescue, Desert trek proves creatively fertile Daily Telegraph, page 67, May 23, 2012

John McDonald, Uncertain Moments- Sydney Morning Herald / Age, Spectrum pgs 12-13 April 28

Sean O’Brien, ABC Open, Postcards from the Desert – March 23, 2011

Dylan Rainforth, Visual Arts, Steve Lopes The Age, page 15, June 8, 2010

Elizabeth Fortescue, Tour de Force, Daily Telegraph, page 26, March 29, 2010

Owen Craven, On this Island  Exhibition Catalouge March 2010

Paul Flynn, On this Island Artist Profile magazine, Steve Lopes profile, Issue 9, pgs 37-77, 2009

Lissa Christopher, Open Gallery, Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, November 22, 2009

Paul Flynn, Sons of Los, catalogue 42 pages, July 2005

Art Collector Magazine, 50 Most Collectable Artists, January – March, page 100, 2008

Diana Streak, Capital Times Canberra Times, May 31, 2008

Jill Stowell, Kilgour’s Debut, Newcastle Herald, December 16, 2006

Alison Harper, Art Market News, The Australian Art Market Report, Issue 16, Winter 2005

Alexandra Wilcox, The art of making money out of art, ( Top 10 investment artists) The Herald Sun, March 6, 2005, p6

John McDonald, In love with Archibald, The Financial Review, April 1, 2004

Patricia Anderson, Faces in the crowd, The Weekend Australian, April 10, 2004

Paul Flynn, Passage catalogue, 22 pages, July 2005

Valerie Lawson, A Judge of Character, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 13-14, 2004

Dominique Angeloro, Critic’s Picks, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 12, 2004

Alice McCormick, Tiny Paper Walls, The Australian Art Market Report, Issue 11, Autumn 2004

The Australian Art Market Report, front cover image, Issue 10, Summer 2004

Phil Brown, Burning Passion, Brisbane News, July 15, 2004

Geoff Elliott, Marketwatch, The Australian, March 3, 2004, p25

Andrew Taylor, Spotlight Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 23, 2005, p11

Tom Gilling , Ambergris, Paintings of Steve Lopes, The Artisan Press, 62 page book, 2004

International Artist magazine, figure painting special, page 84, 2004

The Australian Art Market Report, front cover image, Summer Issue, December 2003

The Age, News Section, May 25, 2002

Bruce James , Archie’s Sea Change, Review, March 25, 2000  Sydney Morning Herald

Artist’s Palette magazine, 10-page feature article, July 2000

Joyce Morgan, Drawn Hung and Quartered, Sydney Morning Herald, 3-page Summer Times artist profile,

January 5, 2000

Sebastian Smee, Sydney Morning Herald, Metro (review) feature, April 5, 1996

Angus Fontaine, Daily Telegraph, profile, March 28, 1996

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Garden Path, a painting by Zsuzsa Kollo, 2010
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