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.
Artist Picks: Steve Munro
About this Curation
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.