It is often said that a person's face tells many stories and contemporary artist and sculptor Steve Oatway is no exception, as evidenced by his latest exhibition.
Steve's name has become synonymous with contemporary sculpture and is quickly gaining recognition in the art scene. Currently residing in the picturesque river town of Mannum in South Australia, his work has been exhibited all over Australia and his modern but rustic style has even taken him as far as New York.
His latest exhibition, currently showing at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery is titled 'Face to Face' and is described as ' a series of Zen-inspired artworks using recycled found materials, reincarnated into an eclectic range of intriguing portraits.'
Though his skill in giving new life to old materials is obvious in this latest collection of works, Steve remains unassuming and philosophical in his approach to his art. He sees the potential in a simple scrap of discarded metal or the possibilities in rusted nuts and bolts and bits of wire. His pieces range from the beautiful to the bizarre and everything in between.
Steve Oatway and Scott Rathman Collaborative Artwork
The exhibition was officially opened by Indigenous artist and cultural facilitator, Scott Rathman, Steve's friend and artistic colleague, who invited us to look closely at each portrait and remember that every individual component has a past. Steve has found a way to breathe new life into them for our enjoyment.
The Face to Face exhibition, open from Sunday, April 23rd until May 28th - brings these materials to life in the form of hauntingly expressive faces, each with its own unique personality that will stir the imagination.