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He graduated from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1996.In 2012 Zavros was awarded the inaugural Bulgari Art Award through the Art Gallery of New South Wales.They underscore contemporary society’s obsession with beauty and vanity.As writer Laurence Simmons says: “Like advertising, what is being created in a Zavros painting is not so much an object, a type of physical thing, but rather an artificial need or desire.”Viewed collectively melded fact and fiction.The painting expunges the truths we know about the famous coupling and asks us to re-imagine them as , a collection of lavender and grey blooms in a silver vase with a fox tail? These images of self as mediated through his family (and others) offer a glimpse of the artist and his preoccupations through an inward looking lens.Is it a creature of mythical elusiveness or the artist himself? They also present as a continuation of his exploration of beauty as a power, a contemporary currency revered above all else.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.
Zavros’s artworks present at first glance as perfectly rendered photo-realist painting, but they generate readings and responses beyond the surface affect.
is a video work made up of many performative actions by the artist, utilising an art material – found clay – and set within an art studio environment.
Each action is based the artist’s own memoray of a work of art, not his own, and one which he has physically encountered.
In 2004 he was awarded a studio residency at the Gunnery Studios, Sydney, from the NSW Ministry for the Arts.
In 2016 he was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery of Australia to paint Dame Quentin Bryce, and in 2013 by the Australian War Memorial to paint a portrait of Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith.
In we see a stylish arrangement of two beautiful things - an ionic column juxtaposed with a famous koru painting by Gordon Walters.