Self portraits

Steve Salo, 30 June 2015

Steve Salo, self portraitsI’ve created over 20 self portraits, the first was at age 16, graphite pencil on paper in front of a mirror in the bathroom. I’m the subject that’s easily available and I like being part of the tradition of painters making self-portraits. My self portraits are an ongoing process, I’ll continue doing them throughout my life. It’s like, without having to put into words or talk to someone, I can paint what I feel. Sometimes they were healing to paint. I have always been a painter of truth, it’s how I genuinely was at the time, there’s no front. They might just be a moment in time, a mood of the day. I look at the painting and let it be, I don’t ponder over it. It’s satisfying to look back at them.

Left and below: Steve Salo, ‘Self Portrait 2014’, oil on linen, 50.5 x 40.5 cm
2015 American Art Awards: Self-portrait – 5th Place. Artist’s collection

Steve Salo, ‘Self Portrait in Love’, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 60.5 cm. Artist’s collection

Steve Salo, ‘Self Portrait with Beanie’, oil on canvas, 130 x 100 cm

Steve Salo, ‘Self Portrait saying “Fuck It”‘, oil on canvas, 32 x 25 cm

Steve Salo, ‘(Rise from) Grief’, oil on linen, 160 x 120 cm. Available
Winner Best Single Work – Celeste Prize ‘Taboo’ 2015 (Italy)

Steve Salo, ‘Quest for Self Regulation’, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm. SOLD

Steve Salo, ‘Self Portrait 2013’, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 60 cm. SOLD

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