Steve Lopes

Impossible Find

10 July - 4 August 2018

In Impossible Find STEVE LOPES acts as lens, revealing a world of transitory figures, travellers and storytellers who are searching for the unknown. 

Drawing from the experiences of his extensive travels, LOPES situates figures within landscapes at points of encounter and transition. Whilst the paintings depict the landscapes of his travels, the figures are imagined, (dis)placed within the composition in hindsight. Selected by LOPES, each figure is a personality that makes up the complex narrative of the traveller figure.

In situating figures approaching towns, traversing through rural landscapes or city streets, the compositions depict people who are unencumbered and undefined by borders or places – free from the restraints of modern institutions. Enhancing the transitory nature of this existence, the deft, fluid movement of LOPES’ brushstrokes creates landscapes that recede and shift in time, place and their realism.

Yet in this transient state there is promise of freedom from the restraints and structures of the everyday. Each work is underlined by questions of what the future holds for these figures – could these places be what they are they looking for? Or is it an impossible find?

Impossible Find presents a universal narrative of people at a threshold, a tipping point, boldly carving out a space in new worlds, in their own terms.

STEVE LOPES was recently awarded the 2018 Gallipoli Art Prize. He travelled to the former battlefields of the Western Front in France and Belgium in 2017 with 10 other well-known Australian artists and was invited to exhibit works in the touring exhibition Salient – Contemporary artists at the Western Front. His work is represented in major public and private collections nationally and internationally.



Steve Lopes - Impossible Find
Steve Lopes
Impossible Find
oil on canvas
140 x 170 cm
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Steve Lopes
Possession Cart
oil on board
70 x 70 cm
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Steve Lopes - Sleeping Syrian - Paris
Steve Lopes
Sleeping Syrian - Paris
oil on board
50 x 70 cm
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Steve Lopes
Lament Singer - Paris, Diptych
oil on board
38 x 64 cm
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Steve Lopes - Bird at the gate
Steve Lopes
Bird at the gate
oil on board
40 x 50 cm
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Steve Lopes
Autumn Travelling
oil on board
40 x 50 cm
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Untitled Figure and Village
Steve Lopes
Untitled Figure and Village
oil on board
40 x 50 cm
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Untitled Figure III
Steve Lopes
Untitled Figure III
oil on board
40 x 50 cm
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Steve Lopes - Central City study
Steve Lopes
Central City study
oil on board
40 x 45 cm
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Steve Lopes - Untitled Figure II
Steve Lopes
Untitled Figure II
oil on board
35 x 47 cm
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Steve Lopes - Camp Figure
Steve Lopes
Camp Figure
oil on board
35 x 46 cm
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Steve Lopes - Untitled Figure
Steve Lopes
Untitled Figure
oil on board
38 x 40 cm
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Steve Lopes - Rooftop Figure
Steve Lopes
Rooftop Figure
oil on board
33 x 35 cm
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Steve Lopes - Untitled Landscape
Steve Lopes
Untitled Landscape
oil on board
27 x 37 cm
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Steve Lopes - Camp Figure II
Steve Lopes
Camp Figure II
oil on board
33 x 35 cm
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Steve Lopes - Untitled Study
Steve Lopes
Untitled Study
oil on board
30 x 30 cm
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