City Limit Figure
The figure plays an important role within Steve Lopes’ compositions. In this painting the figure is the focal point, appearing to almost dwarf the scene. Lopes’ figures are often depicted in peculiar poses that distort their physique, subtly conveying their inner emotional struggles and tensions. To capture a timeless connection with his subjects, Lopes typically dresses them unfashionably and without shoes. With the use of a restricted colour palette and heavy grey tones, Lopes conveys an uneasiness and almost disturbing dark undercurrent of contemporary life.