Jun 6, 2014
(born, Brisbane, Australia, 1974) is an Australian artist. Zavros studied printmaking at Queensland College of Art in the 1990s. Zavros has won three Australian drawing prizes: The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award in 2002, The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize in 2005 and the Kedumba Prize in 2007. In 2004, Zavros won the Primavera Collex award through the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. In 2010 Zavros won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize with a portrait of his child Phoebe is dead/McQueen. The previous year, Zavros was awarded runner up in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize with a self-portrait entitled V12 Narcissus. In 2012 he won the inaugural Bulgari Art Award, which included the acquisition of his work The new Round Room by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2013. Zavros has exhibited widely within Australia and his work is held in numerous private and public collections.
Jun 5, 2014
was born in Queens, NY in 1986 and received his BFA from the Steinhardt School of Culture, NYU, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at the Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles; Shop Future II, Sean John, Los Angeles; Shop Future I, Sean John, Los Angeles; Ogilvy & Mather, New York; Eastern District Gallery, Brooklyn; Art Assets LLC, Brooklyn; Bose Pacia, New York and 17 Frost Gallery, Brooklyn. His participation in group exhibition includes Les Grandes Traversees, Public Design Festival, Bordeaux; Paraphrase, ARARIO Gallery, New York and BLK RIVER, Street Art Festival – Apocalyptic Colors, Vienna. He is currently based in New York, NY.
Jun 5, 2014
" My work deals with beauty and cruelty, and a darker message is often hidden under an attractive disguise. Our human need to beautify manifests itself in manifold today, as social media entices people to portray themselves as more beautiful, popular and intelligent than in physical reality. Such an urge follows us all the way to death, culminating in mortuary make up. Similarly, my works disguise the sinister under a sugary coating. The disappearance of a childhood friend, Piia, in 1988, shadows my happy childhood memories, and provides a contextual base for exploring opposites such as childhood and adulthood, and beauty and cruelty. The titles often hint at the darker side of my work. Cute as they first may seem, my 436 plaster ducks in a jail cell represent an equal number of prisoners executed in US prisons in a certain time, or toy silhouettes draw the viewers’ attention to a toyshop destroyed by Nazis during Kristallnacht. My methods are both sensitive and brutal – I paint with a gentle touch and destroy the results with a saw or scissors, creating through the process of destruction." - Ilona Niemi
Jun 4, 2014
Creative photo series by Gem Fletcher
- an award winning Art Director collaborating with Photographers across the world. Click here
for the link.
Jun 4, 2014
So much charming work from Renata Miwa
, a talented illustrator and artist based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Website here