An unlikely pairing: eX de Medici and Michael Zavros

How a celebration of consumer luxury, male aspiration and appearance, paired with punk subculture, tattoos and war, is a perfect match.
painting by artist Michael Zavros

While painters eX de Medici and Michael Zavros share a fanatical attention to detail, these two artists could not be any more different when it comes to what they paint.

It is an interesting choice, then, to pair major solo exhibitions from each of them as a dual-ticket winter season. Ahead of this weekend’s opening at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane (QAGOMA), ArtsHub speaks with Head of Australian Art, QAGOMA, Peter McKay (who has curated Michael Zavros: The Favourite, while Samantha Littley, Curator Australian Art, QAGOMA, has curated eX de Medici: Beautiful Wickedness) to get a handle on just how these two artists dovetail into a conversation for our times.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina