Antony Micallef: Happy, Deep Inside My Heart
ANTONY Micallef returns to Lazarides Rathbone Gallery with a new solo exhibition. Entitled Happy, Deep Inside My Heart, it is on display until October 15, 2011.
Vibrantly colourful yet sometimes deeply troubling, Micallef’s canvases interweave social commentary with self-examination.
His work is built upon the profound belief in the act of markmaking; figures and faces loom through the veil of loose, confident, almost abstract brush-strokes that explore experiences of life in London through sensations of light and dark, mirrored in both his palette and his choice of imagery.
Focusing on the contradiction inherent to mass-consumerism, the artist satirizes the rampant social suspicion of multi-national brands while simultaneously being outwardly seduced by products and marketing.
Basing his art on social commentary and self-examination over propaganda and style, Micallef is a traditional fine artist, weaving elements of pop-art into his large canvases.
Micallef says: “My work is like a Disney film that slowly turns into violent pornography, but you don’t really see where the change happens. It’s an ambush to the senses to capture an audience. I want to amalgamate and infuse the figures into a synthetic world.
“The twisted figures resembling experiments gone wrong from a science lab have somehow walked into our commercials, our glossy magazines; a cocktail of chromatic perversion. The aim is to use colour as a decoy to invite the viewer in, to ambush their senses, to give that inner world a sugar-coated, cracked-sweet veneer, hiding the distortion and decay.”
Antony Micallef lives and works in London but is originally from Swindon in the South of England. He has exhibited throughout the world in locations including L.A, London, New York, Tokyo and Bethlehem, both in solo exhibitions and as a part of group shows. His breakthrough year came in 2007 with his massive sell out show Impure Idols in Hollywood.
Most recently, Micallef has shown with Lazarides in Los Angeles in Eurotrash (June 2010) and a solo exhibition Becoming Animal in London (2009). From November 2008 to January 2009, his outdoor sculptures and painting took a prominent position at the Royal Academy’s Burlington Gardens as part of GSK Contemporary.
For more information about Micallef, visit www.antonymicallef.com
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