Artist Picks: Steve Munro

By Steve Munro
Byron Bay

About this Curation

The artwork that I like usually has to have an illustrative element to it – I love pieces that show off an artist’s technical skill such as great drawing. I’ve included photography in my list for a couple of reasons – one being that fine art photography rarely gets the promotion it deserves and secondly, as a cinematographer that appreciates the concept of ‘every frame a Rembrandt’, there are certain images that move me in a particular way and maybe remind me of certain cinema such as that by Wong Kar-wai and Christopher Doyle. But mostly, the work, as shown here, has to move me in some way – be it the dark atmosphere of a Josh Honeyman painting or the atmospheric and permanent stare from a Casey Thornton piece.

About the Curator

Born in England, Byron-based Steve Munro migrated to Australia in 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in art and formalised his art training at the Academy of Art in Ballarat, Australia.

He was, until recently, working with oil paint on large-scale abstracts that encouraged the viewer to converse with others about what they see with no two viewers reaching the same conclusion at the same time. These works have sold for over the $10,000 mark with “My mind’s eye tells a different story #2” selling to a Melbourne collector for $12,000 in mid-2018.

In his latest series however, he’s returned to the illustration of his childhood as he works in small-form intimate conversations surrounding the ordinary and everyday of existence. These paintings have been likened to both Andy Warhol and American painter Wayne Thiebaud.

In this series there is a hope to continue the conversation about the human condition with the quotidian, the ordinary and the everyday, as a structural construct of life.

Not just an artist himself, Steve is also an avid art collector and his peaceful home in the subtropics is a shrine to creative talent.

29cm (W) x 42cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
$490
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil Paint
$860
61cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Oil Paint
$1,250
50cm (W) x 85cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
$880
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Other Media
$300
40cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Mixed Media
$330
91cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$20,500
102cm (W) x 102cm (H)
Oil Paint
$5,500
76cm (W) x 50.5cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$370
81cm (W) x 81cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$980
30.5cm (W) x 40.5cm (H)
Oil Paint
$450
75cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Photograph
$2,350
100cm (W) x 200cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$2,000
62cm (W) x 62cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$690
38cm (W) x 56cm (H)
Mixed Media
$600
91.5cm (W) x 121.9cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$850
100cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$990
70cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Mixed Media
$340