Bvlgari Art Award


Michael Zavros has been announced as the first recipient of the Bvlgari Art Award, a joint initiative of the Art Gallery of NSW and Bulgari. The winner, chosen by the Art Gallery of NSW Trustees and the head curator of Australian art, receives a $50 000 painting acquisition and a $30 000 residency in Italy. Michael Zavros is a significant mid-career painter who is exhibited frequently throughout Australia. His work concentrates on themes of beauty, luxury and decadence through depictions of thoroughbred horses, luxurious interiors and gardens. Recently, Zavros has been featured in group exhibitions at the AGNSW, Institute of Modern Art and GOMA, as well as being a four-time Archibald Prize finalist.  Wayne Tunnicliffe, head curator of Australian art says “It has been a priority to acquire a painting by Michael Zavros, a leading contemporary artist for the Art Gallery of NSW. With The Bulgari Art Award the Gallery can now work with Michael Zavros to add an exceptional work to our collection. The inclusion of a residency in Italy as a component of the award will be of great benefit and inspiration to the artist.” Michael Zavros will be presented with the award tonight, Thursday 12 April, at a gala dinner at Guillaume at Bennelong, Sydney Opera House.

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