PAST Exhibition


Steve Salo

7 – 28 November


STEVE SALO'S profile as a contemporary artist continues to grow with paintings shortlisted in prestigious prizes across Australia. In 2016 and 2018 he was a finalist in the Salon des Refusés (selected from the Archibald Prize) at the National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney. In 2016 he was a finalist in the Len Fox Painting Award at Castlemaine Art Gallery; Kogarah Art Prize (Commended); Waverley Art Prize and the Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Art Prize. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the Mosman Art Prize, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Prospect Portrait Prize, John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize (Highly Commended) and won Best Oil in the Hobsons Bay Art Show. Steve Salo is represented in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, UAE, Europe, the UK, USA and Canada.

Through the visual voice of painting I communicate emotion – from hope, joy and calm, to disappointment, sorrow and inner turmoil. We are complex of mind and spirit. My intent as a contemporary portrait artist is to explore the human psyche through painting these complexities. I am interested in portraying this aspect rather than focusing on the surface level alone.

2017 Two weeks in the Police Point Artist in Residence Program, Portsea, Mornington Peninsula, Vic.
2017 One-month artist residency at the Arteles Creative Centre, Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
2016 The Back to Back Theatre Portraits: Collaboration with Back to Back Theatre, painting portraits of the ensemble actors and the artistic director. Exhibited at Metropolis Gallery.

AWARDS Finalist Salon des Refusés (of the Archibald) 2018 Finalist 2018 Bluethumb Art Prize Finalist 2016 KAAF Art Prize Finalist 2016 Len Fox Painting Award Finalist Salon des Refusés (of the Archibald) 2016 Finalist Waverley Art Prize 2016 Commended — 2016 Kogarah Art Prize Second Prize — CSBC Spirituality in Art Prize 2016 Finalist Wyndham Art Prize 2016 Winner Best Single Work — Celeste Prize ‘Taboo’ 2015 (Italy) Finalist Prospect Portrait Prize 2015 Finalist Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2015 — Contemporary category Finalist 2015 Cliftons Art Prize Winner Best Oil — Hobsons Bay Art Show 2015 Finalist 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist 2015 Mosman Art Prize 2015 American Art Awards: Expressionism human figure — 4th Place; Self-portrait — 5th Place Finalist 2015 Warringah Art Prize Highly Commended — 2015 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize Finalist 2015 Lethbridge 10000 Award


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View Steve Salo Recent Paintings
18 May - 10 June 2018

View Expressions of Landscape Exhibition
11 - 25 March 2017

View Passerby Exhibition
7 - 21 March 2015

View Portraits of Artists Exhibition
1 - 15 March 2014