Naples Flat study
Lopes’ family originates from Italy and returns regularly for inspiration. In early 2016 Lopes painted a number of works depicting his most personal and intimate relatives, as well smaller studies of the landscape. In Naples Flat study, painted en plein air as the sun sets over the city, Lopes’ emotional engagement is confidently portrayed through the colour palette that exudes the familiarity and characteristic warmth of Italy. Lopes’ freer approach to working en plein air is further emphasised through his lively brushstrokes and rough mark makings.