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“I try to deal with the figure and the landscape together. For me, it’s about the relationship we have with our surrounds. The tension
between the two both visually and metaphorically is what makes it
interesting to tackle as a subject.” 

B. 1971, Sydney, Australia
Lives and works, Sydney


2004 Private study with Peter Howson, Glasgow
1998 The London Print Studio, UK
1991 New York Art Students League, USA
1988-91 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Solo Exhibitions

2024 ‘The Figure Renewed’ Thomas VanDyke Gallery, New York City

2023 ‘Shapes For Gods’ Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane

2023 ‘Some Mysterious Way’ Penny Contemporary, Hobart

2022 ‘Encountered’ SH Ervin Gallery Sydney & Orange Regional Gallery

2022 ‘Crystalline’, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2022 Steve Lopes, Bank Of America ,  333Projects , Sydney

2021  ‘Sans Souci’, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2021   ‘Steve Lopes’ Queenscliff Art Gallery, VIC

2020 ‘Still and Still Moving’ Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane

2020  ‘Pocket Views’ Linton and Kay , Perth

2019 “Tree Change’ Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2018   ‘Impossible Find’ Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2017 ” The Island of Misfits” Mitchell Fine Arts, Brisbane

2017 ” Far From Here” Colville Gallery, Hobart

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

2016 “Open Cut” Linton and Kay Galleries, Perth

2015 “The Trip to Italy”- Fiumano Fine Art, London

2015 “Exit Town”- Gallery Smith, Melbourne

2015“Peaks and Valleys” Nock Gallery, Hong Kong

2015 “Gallipoli”- Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane

2014 “Outsider” – Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2013 “China Studies”- Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2013 ‘The Curious Watcher – Survey Exhibition of Paintings & Prints’ Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery

2012 ‘Changing Landscapes – Steve Lopes + Euan Macleod’ Fiumano Fine Art, London

2012 ‘Junk’ Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2010 ‘Doors to Drydock’ Colville Street Art Gallery, Hobart

2010 ‘Eternals’ Jon Dwyer Fine Art, Melbourne

2010 ‘Parc Life’ Fiumano Fine Art, London

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

2006 ‘Bundanon Paintings’ Harrison Galleries (formerly Brian Moore), Sydney

2005 ‘Passage’ Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

2004 ‘Elemental Man’ Gallery 482, Brisbane

2004 ‘Ambergris’ Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

2003, 05, 06 & 07, ‘Steve Lopes – New works’,  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

2023 Archibald, Salon Des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney NSW

2023 ‘Vibrations in Australian Drawing’ Macquarie University Art Gallery

2023 ’10 years, Art of Connecting’, Bank Of America, 333Projects , Sydney

2022 Kedumba Invitational Drawing Award, finalist

2022 Archibald, Salon des refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2022 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Artist Profile and 333 Projects stand.

2021 Kings School Art Prize, Invited artist & 2021 winner, Kings School, Sydney

2021  River to the Sea, Grafton Regional Art Gallery

2021  Archibald, Salon Des Refuses,  SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney NSW

2020  Archibald, Salon Des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2020 Percival Portrait Painting Prize’, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville

2020  ‘Director’s Choice’ & ‘Primavera’ Mitchell Fine Art Brisbane

2020  ‘Summer’ Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2020  ‘Art Aid’ Gippsland Art Gallery , VIC

2019   ‘At Home with Art” Guy Warren, Steve Lopes, Merran Esson, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2019   ‘Outback Art Awards’ Broken Hill Regional Gallery

2019    ‘Calleen Art Awards’ Cowra Regional Art Gallery

2019   ‘Geelong National Print Awards” Geelong Regional Art Gallery, VIC

2019  ‘Peebles Print Award’ Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop, VIC2019

2019  ‘Brisbane Portrait Prize’ Powerhouse Museum Brisbane QLD

2019  ‘Tattersals Landscape Prize’, Tattersals Club, Brisbane, QLD

2018/19 ‘Salient’ Contemporary Artists on the Western Front, ANZAC Memorial, Sydney, NERAM Regional

Gallery, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery

2018  ‘Lest We Forget’  Parliament House Canberra

2018 ‘Broken Hill Outback Art Prize’ Finalist- Broken Hill Regional Gallery

2018 ‘The Art of Friendship’, Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios

2018 ‘Jamberoo Mountain Road’, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery NSW

2018 ‘Paddington Art Prize” Finalist, Menzies Art Brands NSW

2018  ‘Tattersalls Club Landscape Art Prize’ Finalist, Brisbane

2018 ‘Percival Portrait Painting Prize’, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville

2018  ‘Western Front’ Australian Club, Melbourne, curated  by Bill Nuttall

2018 ‘Mosman Art Award ‘ Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, NSW

2017 ” Phantom” Group Touring Show,  Newcastle Art Gallery, Australian Galleries,

2016  ‘Kilgour Figurative Art Prize ‘ Finalist, Newcastle Art Gallery NSW

2016  ‘Percival Portrait Prize’ Finalist, Townsville Regional Gallery QLD

2016  ‘Rick Amor Drawing Prize’ Finalist, Ballarat Regional Gallery, VIC

2016  ‘Archibald, Salon Des Refuses’, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2016 ‘Mosman Art Award ‘ Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2016  ‘Parliament House Plein Air Painting Prize’ Finalist , Parliament House Sydney

2015 ‘Your Friend The Enemy’ Gallipoli Commemoration Exhibitions,
SH Ervin Gallery- Sydney, ANU Drill Hall Gallery Canberra, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Pataka Gallery Wellington NZ

2015 ‘Parliament Plein Air Landscape Prize’, Parliament House NSW

2014 ‘Blow In Art Collective’, Broken Hill Regional Gallery

2014 ‘Kilgour Prize Finalist’, Newcastle Regional Gallery

2014 ‘Doug Moran Portrait Prize’ Finalist, Juniper Hall, Paddington, Sydney

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

2013 ‘ Doug Moran Portrait Prize’ Finalist, Juniper Hall, Paddington, Sydney

2013  ‘Archibald – Salon de Refuses’ S.H Ervin Gallery Sydney

2013  ‘Not the Way Home’ Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill

2013  ‘Insight Radical’ Griffen Gallery, London

2013  ‘Summer Show’ Fiumano Fine Art, London

2013  ‘Mosman Art Award’ Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

2013 ‘Eutick Memorial Still Life Award’ Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW

2013 ‘Gallery Artists’ Group exhibition, Colville Gallery, Hobart Tasmania

2012 ‘Not the Way Home’ S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2012 ‘Fowlers Gap’ Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2012 ‘Salon des Refuses’ S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2012 MAF 12 Melbourne Art Fair, Artist Profile Magazine, Melbourne VIC

2012 ‘Larapinta Trail’ Group exhibition, Nowra Regional Gallery, NSW

2011 ‘On This Island, Meeting and Parting’, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2011 ‘Kilgour Figurative Art Award’, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle

2011 ‘Kedumba Drawing Prize’, Finalist

2011 ‘Stations of the Cross, invited artist, St Ives Uniting Church, Sydney

2011 ’30 to Collect, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

2011 ‘AIR’, Taronga Zoo Artists in Residence, Newcastle University Gallery, Newcastle

2010 ‘En Plein Air’, Bowen Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand

2010 ‘Kilgour Figurative Painting Art Award’, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle

2010 ‘On This Island, Meeting and Parting’, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst

2010 ‘On This Island, Meeting and Parting’, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney

2010 ‘Kings School Art Prize’, Invited Finalist,

2010 ‘Adelaide Perry Drawing Award’, Finalist, Sydney

2009 ‘Edinburgh Art Fair’, Fiumano Fine Art UK, Scotland

2009 ‘Black Swan Portrait Prize’ Finalist, Perth

2008 ‘Kilgour Figurative Art Prize’, Finalist, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle

2008 ‘Summer Exhibition’, Fiumano Gallery, London UK

2008 ‘Doug Moran Portrait Prize’, Finalist, National Tour

2008 ‘About People’, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle

2008 ‘City of Albany Art Prize’, Albany Regional Art Gallery, WA

2008 ‘Stanthorpe Art Award’, Finalist, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, QLD

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

2007 ‘Kilgour Figurative Art Prize’, Finalist, Newcastle Regional Gallery

2007 ‘Conrad Jupiters Art Prize’, Finalist, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

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

2006 Bundanon Residency, Arthur Boyd Studios, Bundanon, NSW

2006 ‘Doug Moran’, Finalist (two works selected), National Tour

2006 & 04 ‘Kedumba Invitational Drawing Award’, Finalist

2005 London Art Fair, Battersea, Farmillo Fiumano Gallery, London

2005 Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Art Award finalist

2004 ‘Salon des Refuses’, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2004 ‘Kedumba Drawing Award’, Finalist, Blue Mountain

2003 ‘Metro 5 Art Prize’, Finalist, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne

2002 ‘Small Gems’, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne

2002 ‘Jacaranda Drawing Prize’, Grafton Art Gallery

2002 ‘Waverley City Art Award’, Finalist, Sydney

2003, 02 & 2001 ‘Hills Grammar Award’, Finalist, Kenthurst

2002, 01 & 1999 ‘Mosman Art Award’, Finalist, Sydney

2001 Alice Art Prize, The Araluen Centre Alice Springs

2001 ‘Conrad Jupiters Art Prize’, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

2001 & 2000 AGNSW Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Finalist

2001 & 2000 ‘Salon de Refuses’,, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2000 ‘Doug Moran Portrait Prize’, Finalist, National Tour

2000 ‘Lloyd Rees Youth Art Award’, Finalist, Atrium Gallery, ABC Centre

2000 ‘Shell National Print Awards’, Fremantle, WA

1999 & 2001 ‘Carnivale Arts Festival’, Artists on Norton, 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

1990-95 ‘Black & White Artists Exhibition’, NSW State Library

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


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

Awards & Residencies

2021  Winner, Kings School Art Prize NSW

2020 Artist in Residence , River to the Sea, Clarence Valley, Grafton Regional Gallery NSW

2018  Winner, The Gallipoli Art Prize, The Gallipoli Club

2018  Artist in Residence , Jamberoo , Selected Artists exhibition, Shoalhaven Art Gallery NSW

2018   Artist in Residence, Carss Park Artist Cottage, NSW

2017  Western Front, Invited Artist, Artist in Residence to Battlefields of France and Belgium. National

Touring exhibition, NERAM, Bathurst Regional Gallery, ANZAC Hyde Park Memorial

2017  Winner, Georges River Art Prize Local Artist, Hurstville Museum and Gallery

2017  Artist in Residence Arnhem Land/ Kakadu, NT. Exhibition, Selected Artists – Mitchell Fine Art

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

2016 Artist in Residence, Moonee Beach, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery NSW

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

2014 Exhibition and Documentary Film, SH Ervin Gallery Sydney, ANU Drill Hall Canberra

2014 Artist in Residence Waiheke Island, 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.

2011 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

Selected Bibliography

Ann Ryan,’ Steve Lopes Encountered’, Artist Profile, Issue 58, p160-161, Autumn 2022

John McDonald, ‘Encountered’ Review Sydney Morning Herald / Age, April 15, 2022

Kon Gouriotis,  ‘Steve Lopes -Uncomfortable Beauty’ Cover & Feature Article Issue 52  Spring 2020

John McDonald, ‘Steve Lopes’ Review Sydney Morning Herald / Age, Good Weekend, July 28, 2018

Ashleigh Wilson Pilgramage Lights Path to Gallipoli Prize, The Australian, pg.6 Nation, 2018

Nick Galvin At the end of the day he remembers, April 19, pg. 9 The Sydney Morning Herald, 2018

Brad Manera, The Western Front 100 years on:March 23, The Australian Financial Review, 2018

Lena Owen, Fitting in with Misfits, The Creative Issue June 16, 2017

Lesley Conran Steve Lopes as Printmaker, Artist Profile Magazine issue 392017

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

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

Owen Craven, Insight Radical, Artist Profile, Issue 23

Cherie McDonald, Cornish Miners Stir Artist’s Imagination, Interview: ABC Rural Radio, 3 April, 2013

Idris Murphy, Junk – a review, Art Almanac, July Issue, 2012

Artist Profile Magazine, Perspective columnist since launch issue, 2007-present

Owen Craven, Not the Way Home, Artist Profile, Issue 18, 2012, pp 92-93

Owen Craven, On This Island, Meeting and Parting (exhibition catalogue), 2010, pp 20-23

Paul Flynn, Sons of Los catalogue, 2009

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, (listed as top 10 investment artist), Herald Sun, 6 March 2005, p6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Age, News Section, May 25 2002

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