Queensland Art Gallery – Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Foundation Appeal recently acquired the self-portrait piece entitled Bad Dad 2013 by renowned Queensland artist Michael Zavros.

Since launching with this piece, QAGOMA has received more than 170 donations in support of its appeal, reaching the fundraising target.

The Foundation Appeal is the primary fundraising body of the gallery, supporting the galleries exhibitions,  acquisition of new art, publications and programs. Since the foundation was established in 1979, it has raised more than $110 million, enabling the growth of the Gallery and the continued success of the art industry in Brisbane.

QAGOMA accounts this overwhelming amount of support to Zavros and his self-reflective modern art that alludes to the Greek myth of Narcissus, the legendary hunter who becomes trapped in his fascination with his own reflection. QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said this is the first time work by a modern artist was the sole focus of the Foundation Appeal, with Zavros’ Bad Dad 2013 on display at GOMA on Level 2 until 30th October 2016. “The acquisition of Michael Zavros’s intriguing painting strengthens our holdings of work by this outstanding artist and our collection of contemporary Australian art,” Mr Saines said.

This is not the first time Michael Zavros’ work has been featured at GOMA, with Zavros curating an exhibition for the gallery in 2013. To learn more about Michael Zavros, an award winning graduate of the Queensland College of Art and his artistic works, read his artist profile. 

Words by Meg Gillespie
Image by Michael Zavros