In my humble opinion, Michael Zavros is Brisbane’s most finely honed aesthete. An extraordinary eye for beauty; an unsurpassed appreciation for the merit of detail; and an inquisitive charm that swaddles each and every move he makes.
Should you not know Michael’s work, you should Google immediately. His exquisite artistry has been awarded with some of the industry’s most prestigious prizes, including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
, and more recently, the inaugural Bulgari Art Award
announced last week. He is among Brisbane’s finest exports; and luckily one that still lives in our midst.
But what I find the most intriguing (and pleasantly surprising on first meeting) about this Renaissance man is, despite the decadent life his work depicts; his demeanour, while ultimately refined, is that of a humble, generous and family-oriented gentleman.
TUL: Describe in one sentence what you do for work?
I am an artist.
TUL: What is the most exciting part of your job?
After a decade and a half of making do in any space, I have a beautiful new studio. I get excited just unlocking the door in the morning.
TUL: If you weren’t working in your profession, what other career would you choose?
I would design cars.
TUL: Describe your style.
Mad Men meets A Country Practice
TUL: If you were an animal, what would you be?
A black stallion
TUL: If you could have a super power what would it be?
I would stop time
TUL: Best way to spend $50?
TUL: And the best way to spend $500?
My new Warthog skull
TUL: What was the last song you downloaded?
Waterfalls by TLC
TUL: What would you request for your last meal on earth?
Kleftiko, ‘stolen lamb’, a Greek dish; a Long Island Iced Tea; a Caprioska; a Mojito; and another Long Island Iced Tea.
TUL: What’s your Sunday routine?
Breakfast at Chandler markets with my little family, buying up fresh produce (5kg of apples every week) followed by a long lunch, some studio time and a run (long lunch permitting).
TUL: Favourite city… other than Brisbane?
TUL: 3 places in Brisbane you couldn’t live without?
D House, my studio, Brisbane International Airport
TUL: Favourite Brisbane coffee place?
My kitchen for Di Bella coffee
TUL: Favourite Brisbane restaurant?
e’cco bistro (still)
TUL: Place for a drink?
Dry Martini in Barcelona
TUL: Shopping destination?
Taxidermy (these past 15 years!)
TUL: Latest Brisbane discovery?
Daniel’s salmon fish finger sandwich at Pearl Café
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