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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Michael Zavros

b. 1974, Australia

Michael Zavros, is a leading Australian artist renowned for his photorealistic drawings and paintings. Following his studies in printmaking at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Zavros has subsequently been awarded The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award in 2002, The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize in 2005, and the Kedumba Prize in 2007. More recently in 2010 he won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and in 2012 the inaugural Bulgari Art Prize

Zavros’ impeccable attention to detail is evident throughout his varying range of subject matter which includes staged still-lifes, figures, animals, and lavish clothing and accessories. With works eerily reminiscent of photographs, Zavros’ delicate hand leaves behind little to no trace of visible brushstrokes in his paintings. His work embraces low art or kitsch and repositions it in the realm of luxury with hyper real attention to detail.

Zavros has been the recipient of the Milan studio residency in 2001, the Barcelona studio residency in both 2005 and 2010, and the Australia Council Greene Street Studio, New York, in 2014. The artists solo exhibitions have included Bad Dad at Starkwhite, Auckland (2014), The Good Son: Works on Paper at Gold Coast City Art Gallery (2009), and Everything I Wanted at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2003-2004).

Michael Zavros’ work is held in numerous collections including at The National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, University of Queensland Art Museum, and the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery.

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Featured Artworks

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Yellow Fan by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork
Michael ZavrosYellow Fan, 2018 Oil on board
61 x 46 cm
Starkwhite
Untitled by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork
Michael ZavrosUntitled, 2018 Oil on board
61 x 46 cm
Starkwhite
Flex by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork
Michael ZavrosFlex, 2019 Bronze
33 x 41 x 16 cm
Starkwhite
Nautilus Phallus by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork
Michael ZavrosNautilus Phallus, 2018 Oil on board
61 x 46 cm
Starkwhite
Satyr by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork
Michael ZavrosSatyr, 2018 Oil on board
46 x 61 cm
Starkwhite
Narcissus by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork
Michael ZavrosNarcissus, 2016 Oil on board
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Starkwhite
MZ/SO by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork
Michael ZavrosMZ/SO, 2015–2017 Pigment inks on Hanhenmuhle Photo Rag
120 x 90 cm
Starkwhite

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Zavros, The Silver Fox at Starkwhite, Auckland
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17 November–16 December 2017 Michael Zavros The Silver Fox Starkwhite, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Zavros, Bad Dad at Starkwhite, Auckland
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2–28 June 2014 Michael Zavros Bad Dad Starkwhite, Auckland

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Michael Zavros wins 2016 Mosman Art Prize Related Press Michael Zavros wins 2016 Mosman Art Prize Blouin ArtInfo : 28 August 2016

Brisbane-based Michael Zavros has been announced the winner of the 2016 Mosman Art Prize, beating 96 other finalists to take out the prestigious acquisitive prize.Zavros was awarded the $30,000 major prize for his painting Flora which depicts his 11-year-old daughter Phoebe with her arms crossed and her face covered by a floral scarf.

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Review: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Related Press Review: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art The Sydney Morning Herald : 15 March 2016

Adelaide has thrown down the gauntlet for this year's Sydney Biennale with a show that sparkles like a revolving disco ball.I can't recall an exhibition of contemporary Australian art which has opened with more positive energy than the 2016 Adelaide Biennial: Magic Object.It's a tour-de-force for the undervalued Australian art...

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50 Most Powerful People In Australian Art Related Press 50 Most Powerful People In Australian Art The Art Life / 12 December 2014 : 17 December 2014

In the year since our last list there's been a lot of movement. As we've noted before, curators come and go depending on their latest projects, often years in the making. Russell Storer, who made his debut on this last last year at 30, is off the list completely after the curator left QAG-GOMA for Singapore, while others have jumped into...

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Michael Zavros 'Bad Dad' At Starkwhite Related Press Michael Zavros 'Bad Dad' At Starkwhite Emma Jameson for EyeContact / 20 June 2014 : 24 June 2014

In its self-conscious exemplification of beauty, Michael Zavros’s Bad Dad series is an exploration into the alluring appeal of a polished aesthetic and how this is enacted in the realm of consumerism and the art gallery itself. The hyper-real painting style that Zavros employs has an effect that is two fold: the value (both moral and...

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