Fire and Life

STEVE SALO

 

Fire and Life (2018)

 
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Steve Salo, ‘Fire and Life’, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 300 cm


 
‘Fire and Life’ was a commission for a private collector, now friend. At 2 x 3 metres it’s my largest painting to date. Feb 5th was the big hang. It’s such a rewarding feeling when you see your work in a home knowing it has an emotional connection with the owners.
 
The photos below chart the painting’s progression, from collecting the frame and stretching the canvas, to seeing the final painting on its wall. Painting at this scale was exhilarating and I was given total freedom to experiment and create. There was also a trip to the property, roadside stops to see bushfire regeneration and a visit to Parliament House (while in Canberra for my Finland show) to see Arthur Boyd’s epic bush painting and tapestry, the inspiration for the commissioning of the work.
 
 
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