White Crash, 2019
Oil on canvas
39.4 x 59.1 in
White Crash captures a contemplative and complicated moment in which Michael Zavros has cast his son Leonidas as the subject of a contemporary narrative painting. Painted after the artist was in a car accident, the inspiration to paint came one morning when the sky was just the right kind of ominous: He looks troubled. Approaching storm clouds are reflected in the tinted windows. His rumpled shorts echo the folded metal. The painting reflects concepts of worth; the irreplaceable versus that which is depreciable and material, but also softness and hardness. More importantly the painting is keyed into shifting notions of white privilege and status. In that regard, it is perhaps also a history painting, of both a personal and collective history. This imagery produces a sense of longing — for travel, for luxury and for the past, and perhaps simply for beauty. Zavros is drawn to beauty almost as a subject in itself, and the hyper-realism of his paintings intensifies the allure of his subjects. His use of unnatural colour, however, increases the distance between the viewer and the places he depicts. Viewers are easily enticed by the languid world of this meticulous portrait. White Crash is an outstanding example of Zavros’s talents as a hyper-realistic painter and astute observer of social conditions. In White Crash, Zavros describes himself through his son in oils as someone who looks deeply into the range of emotional experiences associated with materialism.
White Crash captures a contemplative and complicated moment in which Michael Zavros has cast his son Leonidas as the subject of a contemporary narrative painting. Painted after the artist… more
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