Collection: 'Shapes for Gods' | STEVE LOPES

10 October - 4 November 2023

Opening Night: Friday 13th October, from 6pm - 8pm.
Artist Talk: Saturday 14th October, 11am

Shapes for Gods’ is an observation of space and time and the suggestion of personal histories that can be distilled by the presence of particular objects in each work.

“In this collection of works, icons, and deities’ loom. Antiques and other objects become records of the past or talismans of the future that we surround ourselves with. They become reminders of our own humanity, clues to our inner worlds and stories”, says Lopes.

Hesitant to elaborate on his own paintings and impose his own narrative, Steve Lopes invites the viewer to contemplate deeply and to draw their own conclusions to what they see.

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.

Steve Lopes' 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.

In 2018 Steve Lopes won the Gallipoli Art Prize in Sydney.