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Michael Zavros at Philip Bacon Galleries

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
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Look twice and then look again
When I visited the exhibition, there was one painting left unsold.

Michael Zavros
Michael Zavros

Perhaps that says it all and I could end it here and say to you, hurry over if you want to put your name on that last remaining one but for those of you who might not know this artist, here is a little bit of a background to him.

It's fair to say that Michael Zavros is one of Brisbane's most talented artists. Indeed one of Australia's. Despite his relatively young age, he has won many prizes and been praised by art critics and art lovers for his work. There is no doubting his incredible talent for fine and detailed work which is often not what first appears to the eager eye. And that is one of the many appeals of his art and his ability to throw an artistic curveball in our paths.

He is of Cypriot and Australian heritage and largely brought up on the coast in Queensland. He was born in 1974 and graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a BA in Printmaking and Visual arts. In his short life, he has been awarded many prestigious art prizes and has been an Archibald finalist. He was commissioned to paint the portrait of Quentin Bryce, which hangs in Parliament and he has a famous painting in QAGOMA's Australian Art Collection, called "Bad Dad" (2013). One could say that his art is very photorealistic, with inanimate objects seemingly popping off the canvas.

In his self-portrait "Bad Dad", Zavros depicts himself in a pool staring as his own reflection, an image he says is a reaction to Caravaggio's "Narcissus "(1599). "I'm an unashamed aesthete. I like to make work that is beautiful and then to gaze at it," the artist remarked. "And my idea of beauty is often keyed to luxury or status but I never seek to cast a moral judgement over my subject."
Pink Poodle
Pink Poodle

Cornucopia- Peony
Cornucopia- Peony

I stood looking at this last one and noticed the exquisite rendition of the petals, overlapping, some fresher than others, with the yellowing and creases of the petals painted with meticulous artistry. Whether this is the art you like or aspire to have hanging on your walls (you need a bob or two to secure a red dot on any of them), there is no doubting this artist has talent and ability to engage us for many years to come.

He has held several solo and collaborative exhibitions- this is his latest in his hometown.

Michael Zavros at the Philip Bacon Galleries is on until the 7th fo December. Go along and enjoy it. Philip Bacon Galleries
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Why? Stunning art work
When: 12th Nov to 7th Dec 2019
Phone: 3358 3555
Where: 2 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Cost: Free to view - paintings for sale.
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looks like beautifully unique pieces Marina
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|1150) 262 days ago
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