October 11, 2017. Filed: Uncategorized
Published by Manuscript and in association with Starkwhite and Philip Bacon Galleries, the first monograph on Zavros’ work launches in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and ACT. The book contains contributions by Rhana Deveport, Chris Saines, Robert Leonard and Laurence Simmons.
Well known for his hyper-realistic paintings, and more recently for photography, sculpture, film and
performance, the work of Michael Zavros has been collected by major museums and private collections
the world over. In this stunning debut monograph are more than 120 beautifully reproduced works, as well
as essays from some of the art world’s leading figures.
Lavishly produced, this tome beautifully captures the public’s fascination with artists as celebrities,
elucidating what is at the core of his creativity. Included in the book are the various bodies of
work that make up Zavros’ broad artistic practice, including his interest in still-life arrangements, self-
portraiture, men’s fashion, Greek mythology and gilded interior design. Quotes from and interviews
with the artist are peppered throughout, further shedding light on the methods and ideas behind his
standout, award-winning work.
Michael Zavros is a leading Australian artist. His work is held in numerous private and public
collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery
of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, University of Queensland Art Museum, Artbank and the
National Portrait Gallery. In 2012 Zavros was awarded the inaugural Bulgari Art Award through the Art
Gallery of New South Wales. In 2016 he won the Mosman Art Prize, and in 2010 he was awarded the
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the world’s richest prize for portraiture. He has won three major
Australian drawing prizes: the 2002 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, the 2005 Robert Jacks
Drawing Prize and the 2007 Kedumba Drawing Award. He has been a multiple Archibald Prize finalist
and was the recipient of the 2004 Museum of Contemporary Art Primavera Collex Art Award. Zavros is
represented by Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane and Starkwhite, Auckland.
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