Steve Salo, Man Ruminating

Steve Salo, ‘Man Ruminating’, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 101 cm. Finalist 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize. SOLD

To see a Steve Salo portrait is to feel. He’s poured his tender heart into it, toiled with the complexities of his mind and expressed his soul with every stroke of the canvas. It can be a painful process and it can be divinely beautiful or somewhere in between. Look closely at a Salo: Is this the artist’s truth, the subject’s truth or your own truth that you are feeling?

Steve is an explorer. In creating his paintings, he has extraordinary patience for working things out. Often it is the imagining of a picture that takes the most time; hours, days or weeks of pondering and unravelling as he sits capsuled in his couch in front of the easel. Then, when ready, the painting flows out of him in an inspired frenzy. Other times he might just add a stroke then return to the couch to review the evolving image and plan his next move. The magic moments are when he touches the canvas and the painting “paints itself”.

Portraits gallery

Other recent works

The Back to Back Theatre Portraits (2016)

Passerby (2015)

Portraits of Artists (2014)

Selected past works