Recognised internationally as one the twentieth century’s great modernist innovators, New Zealand artist Len Lye is most famous for his avant-garde experimental films and for his astonishing and playful kinetic sculptures.Always fascinated by the interplay of movement and light, this extraordinary artist also expressed himself in photography drawing, painting and poetry.In another work he is lip-synching in film as a film clip for Ariana Grande. We see his middle child Olympia contorting herself in a gymnastic pose on a zebra skin.Like Leo, she is acting - or as Zavros would have it, this is role-play in Dad’s curious fiction. This is the artist’s eldest daughter Phoebe, the subject of many earlier Zavros ‘self portraits’.His work has been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.He graduated from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1996.As writer Laurence Simmons says: “Like advertising, what is being created in a Zavros painting is not so much an object, a type of physical thing, but rather an artificial need or desire.”Viewed collectively melded fact and fiction.
Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Installation view: Starkwhite booth at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 is a video work made up of many performative actions by the artist, utilising an art material – found clay – and set within an art studio environment. The exhibition is produced with the support of the Len Lye Foundation, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.The Len Lye Foundation will also launch a new book at the opening - edited by Paul Brobbel, Wystan Curnow and Roger Horrocks, and published by Canterbury University Press.In 2012 Zavros was awarded the inaugural Bulgari Art Award through the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
In 2016 he won the Mosman Art Prize and in 2010 he was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the world’s richest prize for portraiture.From 2009 onwards Maloy has produced many large scale cardboard constructions at public art galleries and museums and for biennials and triennials thoughout Australasia.