Gallery 1 + 2
Steve May’s large scale, unconventional portraits depict an eclectic gaggle of archetypal characters. Often rendered in dramatic chiaroscuro, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, features sharp suited Italian gangsters, tattooists, angelic looking children, and a gun toting bad boy from Neighbours.
While executed in a figurative realist style, these works are loaded with popular and sub cultural reference points, which often relate to May’s involvement in car culture and the customization of hot rods. May’s cast of idiosyncratic personalities are ripe with visual quirks that destabilise traditional notions of portraiture; imparting a contemporary flair.