Each action is based the artist’s own memoray of a work of art, not his own, and one which he has physically encountered.Each memory of a work is then connected to in a physical manner by the artist and the process of making.
Recognised internationally as one the twentieth century’s great modernist innovators, New Zealand artist Len Lye is most famous for his avant-garde experimental films and for his astonishing and playful kinetic sculptures.
Always fascinated by the interplay of movement and light, this extraordinary artist also expressed himself in photography drawing, painting and poetry.
The tragedy of their untimely end is forgotten in the media glare of this perfect moment, where briefly they seem the very definition of happiness.
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.
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’.
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.