Top Australian painting is uncovered in this popular annual exhibition
The Mosman Art Prize – and its generous major prize of $30,000 – typically attracts a high calibre of painters, like former Archibald winners Guy Maestri and Wendy Sharpe, Doug Moran winner David Fairbairn (who won the MAP in 2012), and commercial heavyweights like Ken Done. As such, it’s a great annual cross-section of Australian painting.
In 2016, 96 finalists were pipped at the post by Queensland painter Michael Zavros, who took top gong for his work 'Flora'.
Judge Susi Muddiman OAM said of Zavros' winning work: "For me, this work is imbued with so many more layers of meaning than portraiture alone. The spring bouquet motif on the Gucci scarf is a metaphor for Phoebe’s journey into puberty and her blossoming into a young woman. She is innocent, yet prepared and vulnerable yet fervent, and all the while her gaze, although obscured, is direct and confident. While her voice cannot be heard, Phoebe’s pose speaks volumes."