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Michael Zavros & Sean O’Pry

5 Jul
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Self Portrait as Saint with Sean O’Pry by Michael Zavros

Beauty, Fashion & Luxury

When I see Sean O’Pry, Versace and Michael Zavros together, I want to know more. You may remember my interview with artist, Michael Zavros, from a while back (read here). Michael is an amazing artist, alongside being a man of class and style. A gentleman who creates luxurious artworks that blow your mind every time you see them. His attention to detail and ability to make you feel such emotion when you are viewing his works is simply wonderful. Sean O’Pry was featured in my Top 5 Male Models story and a model that I have been showing on The Man Has Style since the beginning. Of course, I have also shown Versace throughout the past few years here, how could I not?

So, when I learned that Michael Zavros was working with Sean O’Pry on his new collection of artworks, and Versace was in there also, I was so thrilled. The end result is spectacular, the images are amazing! Once I had seen them, I had to contact Michael to find out more and share with the readers of The Man Has Style.

Self Portrait with Sean O'Pry/Versace by Michael Zavros

Self Portrait with Sean O’Pry/Versace by Michael Zavros

TMHS: Sean O’Pry, Versace and Michael Zavros is a wonderful combination and one I had to know more about. How did this all come about and what was your inspiration behind this?

MZ: I’ve long held an interest in beauty, fashion and luxury and also in how life and art intersect. I met O’Pry in Los Angeles en route to New York from Milan quite serendipitously after actively seeking the model for some three months whilst in resident in the Australia Council Greene Street studio in Soho.

O’Pry is highly sough after for print and catwalk. At the time, he was the star of Taylor Swift’s current film clip, Blank Space. His beauty has become iconic and bankable – he is the patron saint of contemporary culture’s obsession with youth and beauty. In my photographer, Self Portrait as Saint with Sean O’Pry/Versace, O’Pry holds aloft his own makeshift halo, a gilded Versace plate, while he is formally beatified by the adoring gaze of the viewer. Discus Thrower with Sean O’Pry/Versace references art history, specifically the original Classical Greek sculpture held by the British Museum (discobulus), making analogies between O’Pry and the sacred Greek concept of perfect Hellenic proportions.

In Self Portrait with Sean O’Pry, the model wears a t-shirt with a hand drawn logo. O’Pry adopts a classic model pose of casual insouciance as he endorses the brand on the t-shirt (Zavros). He, and we, are in collusion; the consumed and the consumer. But what exactly is for sale? Is this an advertisement or a self-portrait, in which O’Pry is my avatar? Perhaps both. My work explores narcissism. O’Pry is the embodiment of a projected perfection.

Discus Thrower with Sean O'Pry/Versace

Discus Thrower with Sean O’Pry/Versace

TMHS: Your paintings often look like photographs with so much detail and you have the ability to bring an artwork to life. Saying this, there has been much talk of whether these particular works are paintings or photographs, can you clear up for those who don’t know?

MZ: The works in question are photographs, although I anticipate they may form part of a larger project with Sean. I enjoy the connection between painting and photography, both mimicking and extending each other. Importantly, the photographs of Sean referenced classical painting and portraiture. 

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On the cover of Australia Art Monthly

TMHS: You are on the cover of two art publications; Art Collector and Australia Art Monthly. How does it feel being on both of these around the same time?

MZ: It’s exciting to see the new work embraced in a critical way via a medium I’m less know for. The project with Sean marks quite a shift in my practice in so many ways.

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On the cover of Art Collector magazine

TMHS: Any exhibitions or other events you would like to share where people can see your works?

MZ: My work will be included in GOMAQ at Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) next month, following this, a group exhibition with my Auckland gallery, Stark White at Sydney Contemporary in September, and then the Adelaide Biennale at Art Gallery of South Australia next Feburary.

TMHS: Where can readers of The Man Has Style purchase your artwork?

MZ: Currently, I’m represented in Australia by Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane and in New Zealand with Starkwhite, Auckland. 

Follow Michael Zavros on Instagram: @michaelzavros

Michael Zavros website: www.michaelzavros.com

Follow Sean O’Pry on Instagram: @seanopry55

A note from TMHS: Michael also shared with some great behind the scene shots.

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Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Top 5 Male Models

23 Oct
David Gandy by Richard Stow for Shortlist

David Gandy by Richard Stow for Shortlist

Top 5 Male Models

Every time I post a story, I think of familiarities of past stories or those that I would like to do in the future. It’s like I am past, present and future all in one. If you have been following my stories and social media for the past few years, you would have noticed common themes throughout. When I have editorial presented in front of me, there are some definite common threads of what I am drawn to. As I was preparing a new post the other week, I thought about the male models that were my favourite faces. I went back through my posts, social media and all the things I have worked on and found my Top 5 male models, and what a great task that was! I tried to do a Top 10 but I kept arguing with myself (yes, it was interesting) over who should be in and who should be out, but I did make my Top 5. I hope you enjoy and if you would like to see more of a particular model on The Man Has Style, please leave me a comment below.

1. David Gandy

David Gandy for Massimo Dutti Equestrian in Top 10 Male Models on The Man Has Style

David Gandy by Hunter & Gatti for Massimo Dutti Equestrian

David Gandy for Massimo Dutti Equestrian in Top 10 Male Models on The Man Has Style

David Gandy by Hunter & Gatti for Massimo Dutti Equestrian

David Gandy by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style

David Gandy by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at London Collections: Men

David Gandy not only looks the part, he is also a big supporter of men’s fashion and is actively involved in promoting this. His love of cars and dogs doesn’t go unnoticed either, along with his very down to earth attitude. It was a pleasure to have him pick up my story and accompanying photos by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at London Collections: Men earlier this year and share with his followers (read here).  I have featured him so many times on The Man Has Style over the past almost three years, I couldn’t go passed him being in first. With so many amazing campaigns he has featured in, his look is universal and appeals to so many.

2. Jon Kortajarena

Jon Kortajarena - Top 10 Male Models on The Man Has Style Menswear Blog

Jon Kortajarena

Jon Kortajarena Top 5 male models on The Man Has Style

Jon Kortajarena

Jon Kortajarena Top 5 male models on The Man Has Style

Jon Kortajarena

Jon Kortajarena. Goodness me, he was so close to number one, in fact, it took me so long to write this post as I kept going back and forth on who would come in but he was slightly edged out by Mr Gandy! Striking and absolutely beautiful, Jon Kortajarena can take your breathe away in photos. Not only in photos either! I was watching A Single Man again on the weekend, and his role as Carlos in that also makes you take notice. His work is wonderful and following him on social media, he has such a wonderful energy. Right up there with the best!

3. Sean O’Pry

Sean O'Pry by Alexei Hay for Hugo Boss Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign

Sean O’Pry by Alexei Hay for Hugo Boss Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign

Sean O'Pry by Renie Saliba for August Man Malaysia

Sean O’Pry by Renie Saliba for August Man Malaysia

Sean O'Pry by James Houston

Sean O’Pry by James Houston

How wonderful is Sean O’Pry? I say, absolutely wonderful! He has such a clean, healthy look and strong facial features with striking eyes. His editorial work is beautiful. I always feel he has a timeless appeal, one that could be from so many eras. Sean O’Pry really knows how to look good in photos!

4. Clément Chabernaud

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Parisian model Clément Chabernaud, shot by Andreas Larsson and styled by Hannes Hetta, for the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Man About Town.

Clement Chabernaud in Lanvin

Clément Chabernaud in Lanvin

Clement Chabernaud for Gucci Fall 2014 on The Man Has Style

Clément Chabernaud for Gucci Fall 2014

Clément Chabernaud is exquisite in so many campaigns. His presence is captivating and he also looks spectacular in a suit. Needless to say, he has featured many times on The Man Has Style. His look is pure class and often with an air of mystery. I always think of Clément Chabernaud as belonging in a film as he was with De Fursac for Winter 2013 (see here).

5. Aiden Shaw

Aiden Shaw

Aiden Shaw

Aiden Shaw in Gucci - The Man Has Style Top 5 Male Model

Aiden Shaw – Gucci

Aiden Shaw in Ermenegildo Zegna - The Man Has Style Top 5 Male Model

Aiden Shaw in Emenegildo Zegna

What can I say? Aiden Shaw is a favourite of mine for sure. His look helps capture the quality of the clothing he wears. Silver flowing hair and a magnificent beard, his look is distinguished and strong. Alongside his wonderful modelling work, he is also a writer and musician.

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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For all editorial enquiries please contact editorial@themanhasstyle.com

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Sean O’Pry for Hermès in Metamorphosis

23 Jan
Hermès dip tie in silk twill & 'Etrivière' briefcase from Metamorphosis

Hermès dip tie in silk twill & ‘Etrivière’ briefcase from Metamorphosis

Hermès always have such interesting concepts for their visual merchandising and the Hermès store windows are always a delight to see.  The latest Spring Summer 2014 campaign, Metamorphosis, is another great example of this beautiful creativity at Hermès.  Model Sean O’Pry features in the men’s collection, a great choice for this clean, vibrant shoot.  The photographer for this campaign was German-born Hans Silvester, who is well known for his photographic images of the Surma and Mursi people of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia.

My favourite image of all of these is the one of Sean O’Pry lying down.  Which one is your favourite?

Hermès jacket in patterned cotton poplin, straight trousers in patterned cotton and linen gabardine from Metamorphosis

Hermès jacket in patterned cotton poplin, straight trousers in patterned cotton and linen gabardine from Metamorphosis

Hermès 'Dressage' watch from Metamorphosis

Hermès ‘Dressage’ watch from Metamorphosis

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