JADA winner graces album cover
AUSTRALIAN realist artist and winner of the Grafton Regional Gallery's Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), Michael Zavros has caught the attention of American band Anberlin with one of his works, Falling August, – owned by the Grafton Regional Gallery –now gracing the punk-rock outfit's latest album cover.
Zavros, a Brisbane-based artist, was awarded a JADA in 2000 for another of his works, and for a short time Falling August graced a wall at The Daily Examiner office, on loan from the gallery.
The group Anberlin, based in Florida USA, chose Zavros's 2006 charcoal on paper for the cover of their latest album, Dark is the Way, Light is the Place.
The piece was one of many of Zavros's works acquired by the Grafton Regional Gallery as part of the JADA program.
Nate Young from the band said he felt an affinity with Zavros's work.
“A few months back I stumbled upon an amazing Australian artist named Michael Zavros; his work blew my mind,” Mr Young said.
“In my opinion, it's some of the best artwork I've seen in years.
“It's a hand-drawn charcoal painting, and just seemed to fit perfectly with what we were feeling for these songs.”
“We are so honoured to be able to have it be a part of this album.”
The JADA was established in 1988 by the Grafton Regional Gallery and had allowed the gallery to acquire a unique collection of contemporary Australian drawings.