Steve Lopes

  • Born in Sydney in 1971, Steve Lopes graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (now UNSW Art & Design) in 1991. In the same year he studied with the New York Art Students League in the USA and in 1998 he studied with the London Print Studio, UK. Since 1996 Lopes has had over twenty solo exhibitions across Australia and the UK. He has also 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 S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney and touring in 2012. He 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. In 1997 Lopes was awarded the Young Artist Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London, England. In 2011 he completed a residency at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia; BHP Biliton; Bundanon Collection; State Library of New South Wales; Federal Parliament House Art Collection; University of Sydney Art Collection; University of Wollongong Art Collection; The University of Melbourne Library; Time Warner, New York; Rolls Royce, London; British Biotec; Psion Communications, London; Cable & Wireless, UK; Windsor & Newton; as well as Private collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Italy & the United States of America. In 2018, Steve Lopes won the Gallipoli Prize with his painting of Mont St Quentin. Steve Lopes is one of twelve artists included in a 2017 art expedition to the Western Front in Belgium and France, to explore the Australian history and memories of the Great War, now steeped into the soils of the landscape. This expedition has resulted in a touring group exhibition since 2018 called Salient: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front.