Sans Souci

Steve Lopes

30 March - 1 May

 

The landscapes and figures that populate STEVE LOPES’ works are often laden with an evocative psychological tension. His paintings do not shy away from uneasy emotional states and the vulnerability of humanity subject to a world of worries and the discomfort of trying circumstances. This narrative appeal of LOPES’ work is particularly pertinent to current tumultuous times. However, LOPES steers the tone of this recent body of work into a different frame of mind. San Souci – which in French mean no worries or free of care – offers up a set of intriguing paintings and drawings with collage in which his subjects appear carefree and oblivious to any woes of the world.

The subjects of LOPES’ work is rendered compelling and mysterious, skirting the boundaries of imagined and real. Each figure within these paintings appear unique with recognisable characteristics – while also enveloped in anonymity and a dreamlike quality. The people look relaxed and are solitary; somewhat introspective, calm and contemplative. Some share a quiet glance with the viewer that is gentle and knowing. They seem oblivious to the worries of the world around them and untethered to their surroundings – but perhaps there are not-so-obvious narratives at play.  Some of the figures in these paintings appear in sharper focus as the world around them dissolves into a flurry of impressionistic brush strokes, free forms and colours. These people are both placed and displaced, floating amidst the discordant disarray of their surroundings. These incongruous qualities all at once impart a sense uncertainty, ease and peace. There is a transporting quality to LOPES’ paintings. They are poetic in their unearthly and unbound qualities, yet they are not particularly romanticised. There is often a subtle, understated or non-descript quality to the figures and their context. Some exist amongst weathered debris and within the terrain of a harsh, wild, dry grass field or a cluttered and derelict urban scene or humble suburban setting. Others are transported to places with captivating vistas and skies with a hint of the sublime.

LOPES’ landscapes stimulate the viewers curiosity in the small glimpses of potential narratives playing out.  The landscapes reflect each figures’ inner mood and captures an emotional state. It allows for speculation on the unfolding narrative. In the landscapes absent of figures the viewers take on the perspective of the subjects captured in other works; we see through their eyes. This mantra of San Souci – or no worries – is echoed through the material treatment of LOPES’ work. Collaged elements of the works on paper settle into place with ease. STEVE LOPES welcomes the expression of no worries in this exhibition through his curious and contemplative works.



Lopes - Red Flag Figures 2020
Steve Lopes
Red Flag Figures
oil on canvas
110 x 100 cm

$8,800
For Sale
For Sale
Lopes - Huffy 2020
Steve Lopes
Huffy
oil on canvas
76 x 92 cm

$6,500
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For Sale
Lopes - Boy and Bare Trees Bowed 2020
Steve Lopes
Boy and Bare Tree Bowed
oil on board
60 x 59 cm

$4,200
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For Sale
Lopes - Landscape Facing South 2017
Steve Lopes
Landscape - Facing South
oil on board
40 x 50 cm

$2,800

SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Lopes - Unnamed Wood & Figure 2021
Steve Lopes
Unnamed Wood & Figure
oil on canvas
30 x 60 cm

$2,800
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For Sale
Lopes - Cracker Man 2020
Steve Lopes
Cracker Man
oil on board
33 x 37 cm

$2,400
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For Sale
Lopes - Opportunity Figures 2021
Steve Lopes
Opportunity Figures
ink, watercolour & collage on paper
50 x 112 cm

$2,400
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For Sale
Lopes - Figure Sitting 2021
Steve Lopes
Figure Sitting
oil and tempera on board
40 x 30 cm

$2,200
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For Sale
Lopes Ruby 2021
Steve Lopes
Ruby
oil on board
40 x 30 cm

$2,200
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For Sale
Lopes Bloom Figure 2021
Steve Lopes
Bloom Figure
oil on board
30 x 24 cm

$2,200
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For Sale
Lopes - Opportunity Figure IV 2020
Steve Lopes
Opportunity Figure IV
oil on canvas
30 x 24 cm

$2,000
For Sale
For Sale
Lopes - Little Hill Facing East 2021
Steve Lopes
Little Hill - Facing East
oil on canvas
24 x 30 cm

$1,700
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For Sale
Lopes - Waterfront Figure 2020
Steve Lopes
Waterfront Figure
oil, ink and collage on paper
30 x 40 cm

$1,600

SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Lopes - Clod II
Steve Lopes
Clod II
oil on card
32 x 23 cm

$900
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For Sale
Lopes - Tango 2020
Steve Lopes
Tango
mixed media and collaged paper
30 x 22 cm

$880
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For Sale
Lopes - Clod Study 2020
Steve Lopes
Clod Study
ink, acrylic & pencil on paper
28 x 20 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale