by Michael Zavros, with contributions by Rhana Devenport, Robert Leonard, Chris Saines and Laurence Simmons
212 pages | hardback
$85 AUD | $95 NZD | £45.00 GBP
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’ 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 is represented by Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane and Starkwhite, Auckland.
THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2017 – NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Join gallery director Angus Trumble in conversation with Michael Zavros over a three-course dinner with matching wines, celebrating the artist’s portrait of Dame Quentin Bryce and in support of the gallery’s ongoing acquisition of new works.
6.30-10.30pm | three course dinner & drinks | $150
THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2017 – TWEED ART GALLERY
Join Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM in conversation with one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, as they discuss Michael’s art practice and the evolution of his exciting monograph. Michael will be available to sign copies of the book.
6pm | light refreshments served | $25
WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2017 – MASONS BOUTIQUE
Celebrate the launch of the Michael Zavros tome in one of Melbourne’s most beautiful menswear boutiques – the perfect home, and inspiration, for the artist’s work. Join Michael for drinks and an in-store signing while browsing the season’s best in luxury men’s fashion.
6.30-8.30pm | drinks served | free of charge
SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017 – GALLERY OF MODERN ART
QAGOMA curator of Australian art, Peter McKay, will join Michael Zavros for a conversation about the artist’s practice and recent projects, followed by a book signing.
2-4pm | limited seating available | free of charge