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Congratulations to Steve Lopes, who has been selected as a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Lopes' portrait will be on show as part of the prize exhibition, held at Juniper Hall, Paddington, from 24 October 2013.
Lopes' entry, Portrait of Hai, comes from a larger collection of oil, print and mixed media studies made during the artist's Red Gate Residency in Beijing, which are on exhibition at Stella Downer Fine Art until the 16th of November 2013. In China Studies, the artist turns his gaze to village life in China, resting his eyes on scenes often overlooked. Village characters come to life in Lopes' sketches and studies, granting a sense of timelessness to a community in the midst of shifting change.
About the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize:
For twenty five years, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture. Currently with an annual first prize of $150,000, the Prize is an important part of Australia's arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
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 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.