Gallipoli | Steve Lopes

In his latest exhibition 'Gallipoli' Steve Lopes reveals a series of works from his time in Turkey, commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Taking notes with his brushes, in this exhibition Lopes explores the terrain shaped by a past that devastated it and Australian hearts 100 years ago. The artist was inspired by some key figures in the history of painting that dealt with war,

“For me trying to come to terms with the devastation of the Gallipoli landscape and what happened here a 100 years ago I looked to some of my influences such as Goya and particularly Otto Dix. They both dealt with war from a humanistic approach and embedded themselves in the raw emotion and didn’t shy away from the tragedy of senseless death. I was able to learn a lot about myself and painting by analysing these great artists works and how they approached these dark themes.”

Creating a series of plein air paintings, their is a sense of immediacy in Lopes’ response to a landscape heavily imbued in history and emotion.

In the short film below, a version of the Your Friend the Enemy documentary, by respected Filmmaker Bruce Inglis, hear from Steve Lopes as he first encounters the surrounds of Gallipoli. Lopes discusses his efforts to create and honour the sacrifices that took place 100 years ago.

28 August – 19 September
Mitchell Fine Art Gallery

Steve Lopes

Courtesy the artist and film maker Bruce Inglis

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