During his lifetime he was better known in the art capitals of North America and Europe than in the country of his birth, but that has changed since the establishment of the foundation dedicated to his works at New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and particularly following the opening in 2015 of the Len Lye Centre, New Zealand’s first art museum dedicated to a single artist.(1961), one of the artist’s most delicate kinetic sculptures comprising four concentric circles that spin in space, with a sparse ambient sound track.Zavros’s artworks present at first glance as perfectly rendered photo-realist painting, but they generate readings and responses beyond the surface affect.They underscore contemporary society’s obsession with beauty and vanity.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.In another work he is lip-synching in film as a film clip for Ariana Grande. We see his middle child Olympia contorting herself in a gymnastic pose on a zebra skin.Like Leo, she is acting - or as Zavros would have it, this is role-play in Dad’s curious fiction. This is the artist’s eldest daughter Phoebe, the subject of many earlier Zavros ‘self portraits’.
depicts the late JFK junior and his wife Carolyn Bessette as avatars for the artist and his wife.
From 2009 onwards Maloy has produced many large scale cardboard constructions at public art galleries and museums and for biennials and triennials thoughout Australasia.
Recent exhibitions include: 17 November –16 December, 2017Increasingly Michael Zavros is turning his gaze inward, to home and self, depicting and documenting the Zavros lifestyle in his work.
Lye was also known for his experimental film work where he pioneered direct filmmaking (films made without a camera) by scratching or painting directly onto celluloid film.
This exhibition features the signature Lye film 1950, which was commissioned by the UN to publicise United Nations Day (24th October) and screened worldwide in cinemas and on television.