Michael Zavros' The new Round Room unveiled at the Art Gallery of NSW
Bulgari Art Award winner, Michael Zavros has unveiled his ambitious new piece The new Round Room
which is now on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The work is a large-scale, meticulously detailed painting of the interior of the Grand Trianon in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. It exhibits Zavros’ extraordinary technical skill as well as his fascination with the cultural achievements of the European aristocracy – the buildings, gardens and interiors created with unlimited wealth and power.
The Round room is an exquisite 17th-century vestibule to the Grand Apartment occupied by Louis XIV. Zavros has painted a view from inside the room looking out through a window to the famous and flower-filled formal gardens which surround the Trianon.
Wayne Tunnicliffe, the Gallery’s head curator of Australian art comments on the lavish interior painted by Zavros, particularly the inclusion of the weightlifting bench in front of the window.
"With this unexpected juxtaposition, Zavros has turned this historic room into a contemporary gymnasium. The placement of the gym equipment in this setting spins the painting into a contemplation of narcissism and desire, of vanity and even vanitas, of the passing of time and human beauty."
Brisbane-based Zavros graduated from Queensland College of Art in 1996, and has since won numerous awards including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2010, as well as being a four-time Archibald Prize finalist. Zavros has also exhibited widely, both within Australia and internationally.
The Bulgari Art Award consists of a $50,000 painting acquisition for the Art Gallery of NSW and a residency in Italy valued at $30,000. The total award of $80,000 is one of the most valuable art awards in Australia. The award-winner has been selected by the Art Gallery of NSW Trustees and the head curator of Australian art.
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