Steve Salo, 5 December 2017

SteveSalo_BushSymphony2I’m pleased to end the year with four paintings showing at Hawthorn Studio and Gallery. The ‘Summer Exhibition’ runs until 28 February 2018 and follows the ‘New Directions 2017’ exhibition which introduced works by six new artists to the gallery, including my works.

If you’re in Melbourne, pop by this beautiful gallery. Hawthorn Studio and Gallery is located in the Auburn Village at 635 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East. Director Angela Foote and her husband, master sculptor Graeme Foote who works in the adjoining open studio, have been running galleries and studios for over 20 years; they’re a well of knowledge and experience.

Steve Salo, ‘Bush Symphony’, oil on canvas, 76 x 76 cm

Steve Salo, 30 November 2017


In September I travelled to Finland for a one-month artist residency in Hämeenkyrö. The region is traditional Finnish countryside with beautiful landscapes, forests and hundreds of lakes. During the residency, I sketched and painted in situ in the forest and by lakes, and in my studio from memory and photos. I completed the series back in my home studio, then drove the paintings 10 hours around the coast up to Canberra for a show at the Embassy of Finland. The opening on 27 November was a memorable night, I was interviewed by the Ambassador of Finland Lars Backström and had a great time chatting about the works and Finland with the Finnish community.

The exhibition runs until 31 January 2018 (extended until 23 March). Read more.

Paintings from Finland opening at the Embassy of Finland in Canberra, Australia

Steve Salo, 19 October 2017


SteveSaloFACThe Back to Back Theatre Portraits are being exhibited in the Curved Wall Gallery at the Frankston Arts Centre, Melbourne, from 19 October to 9 December 2017. I’m so grateful to curator Milla Dakovic for her interest and thrilled that many theatre and arts lovers will get to see these works.

In 2016 I collaborated with Back to Back Theatre, creating portraits of the ensemble actors and the artistic director. Back to Back Theatre is a leading voice in contemporary world theatre. Based in my hometown of Geelong, Australia, the company makes work locally and tours extensively to major festivals and cultural institutions across the globe. Read more.

The Curved Wall Gallery is at Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston, Melbourne Australia.

Steve Salo at the FAC with his paintings of actors Scott and Sarah

Steve Salo, 2 April 2017

SteveSalo_EasternView2Over the next few months, I’m painting landscapes for a show in the gallery at Epworth Hospital. Halcyon Days is an exhibition of landscape paintings capturing idyllic times of calm and happiness. The show will run from 12 July to 1 October 2017 at Epworth Gallery, 1 Epworth Place, Waurn Ponds, Australia.

Steve Salo, ‘Eastern View’, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 76 cm. SOLD

Steve Salo, 28 March 2017

SteveandMarcoI’m excited to be painting legend artist Marco Luccio — painter, printmaker and friend. I had a great afternoon in his studio on a rainy Melbourne day, so thankful that Marco gave his time when he was about to leave for New York for his solo exhibition, New York Mythic. I’ll be entering the painting in the 2017 Archibald.

Steve Salo sketching Marco Luccio

Steve Salo, 25 March 2017

Steve and RobExpressions of Landscape has come to an end and I’m back to the brushes and paints in my studio. Thanks to Rob and Ilze at Metropolis Gallery for their ongoing support, Rob is an awesome curator and valued mentor. Paintings can still be viewed online and purchased through Metropolis.

Steve Salo with Robert Avitabile, Metropolis Gallery Director, ‘The Arch’ in background.

Steve Salo, 1 February 2017

Mystic RiverI was in at Metropolis Gallery today discussing my March exhibition, Expressions of Landscape. The works have been selected (all painted, just some restretching, varnishing and wiring left to do). The show will be held 11 to 25 March 2017 at Metropolis Gallery, Geelong Australia. Looking forward to sharing my landscape paintings. If you’re down this way, please join me at the opening on Saturday 11 March, 5-7 pm.
Read more and preview the works.

Steve Salo, ‘Mystic River’, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 cm. SOLD

Steve Salo, 12 January 2017

The LakeHappy new year! I’m starting 2017 with paintings in two group shows. ‘Coastal Storm’ was selected for the On Water exhibition at Deakin University Waterfront gallery, showing 20 January until 11 February.

‘The Lake’ is in the Metropolis Summer Salon, running from 7 January to 28 February at 64 Ryrie Street, Geelong. The following month, I’ll be sharing more of my new works at Metropolis Gallery in a solo exhibition, Expressions of Landscape, from 11 to 25 March. Please pop it in your diary if you can make it down.

Steve Salo, ‘The Lake’, oil on canvas, 76 x 76 cm. SOLD

Steve Salo, 13 November 2016

Gently She Falls‘Gently She Falls’ has been shortlisted for the 2016 KAAF Art Prize, presented by the Korea-Australia Arts Foundation. The exhibition will be held at the Korean Cultural Centre in the heart of Sydney at 255 Elizabeth Street, opposite Hyde Park and Museum Station, from 25 November 2016 to 27 January 2017.

Steve Salo, ‘Gently She Falls’, oil on canvas, 76 x 76 cm
Finalist 2016 KAAF Art Prize