EXHIBITIONS / MICHAEL ZAVROS Elephant Mann-Tatlow Collection of Asian Art

Until 17 May 2020

Elephant is a response to the Mann Tatlow collection, gifted to Wollongong Art Gallery by William Tatlow in 2003. It’s part of a body of recent still life paintings by artist Michael Zavros that assume the shape of an animal or bird, and in the context of photorealist painting, toy with notions of the real and unreal. Elephant contains five key pieces from the collection – three vases or urns and two intricately carved ivory pieces, collaged together with two Monstera or ‘Elephant Ear’ leaves from the artist’s garden. 

The carefully stacked and photographed pieces imitate the frontal view of an African Elephant, while its giant fanning ears catch light and send shadows down its totemic form to create an amusing folly; the largeness and strength of the idea of an elephant acts as a foil to the fragility of the china. 



Image: (detail) Michael Zavros, Elephant, 2019, oil on canvas. Wollongong Art Gallery artwork commission 2019