Antony Micallef

Nordic Gallery:

Micallef is widely recognised as one of the finest painters in contemporary art today. His ambitious and opulent canvases examine this generation’s complex relationship with consumerism and indulgence. Expressionist scenes of hedonistic excess, shop window seduction and international travel mix with spiritual iconography and lavish brush strokes. Described as “Caravaggio meets Manga”, this potent cocktail has unsurprisingly seen Antony become one of the most compelling living painters. He describes his work as “like watching a Disney movie which slowly turns into violent pornography,” elaborating with, “the trouble with pop imagery is that it doesn’t really go deeper than the surface, you have to drag it down and challenge it to make it interesting.” Antony was notably trained by the notoriously austere landscape painter John Virtue. While his mentor’s influence can certainly be seen, especially in early monochrome works such as Kiss at Tower Bridge, in contrast Antony has often passionately embraced colour. The artist’s oeuvre also takes in charcoal self-portraits – the lauded Head series – and grandiose reboots of mythological scenes such as A Study of Icarus. He even exhibited a series of large bronze nickel-plated sculptures, The Idol Kids of Today, in the colonnade that forms the entrance to London’s Royal Academy of Art. The sculptures also appeared in Lazarides’ Hell’s Half Acre exhibition. His career landmarks include coming runner-up in the BP Portrait Prize, the wildly successful solo exhibition, Impure Idols, on Hollywood Boulevard, and inclusion in AKA Peace, a group exhibition at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts curated by Jake Chapman. He has also exhibited at Tate Britain, and in Tokyo, Athens and Bethlehem (in an exhibition curated by Banksy).

Love story. Charcoal on paper, 100cm x 190cm

Love story. Charcoal on paper, 100cm x 190cm

The assembly, Oil, gold leaf and polyester resin on linen, 180cm x 140cm

The assembly, Oil, gold leaf and polyester resin on linen, 180cm x 140cm

Improvised weaponhead, Oil, polyester resin and two decommissioned AK47's on panel, 180cm x 180cm

Improvised weaponhead, Oil, polyester resin and two decommissioned AK47’s on panel, 180cm x 180cm

I shit diamonds. (Detail) Oil, acrylic, resin, lipstick and paper collage on linen, 144cm x 144cm

I shit diamonds. (Detail) Oil, acrylic, resin, lipstick and paper collage on linen, 144cm x 144cm

I shit diamonds. (Detail) Oil, acrylic, resin, lipstick and paper collage on linen, 144cm x 144cm

I shit diamonds. (Detail) Oil, acrylic, resin, lipstick and paper collage on linen, 144cm x 144cm

Sweet Paris. Oil, acrylic, resin, lipstick, gold leaf and paper collage on linen, 144cm x 144cm

Sweet Paris. Oil, acrylic, resin, lipstick, gold leaf and paper collage on linen, 144cm x 144cm

The adoration of fools. Oil, paper collage, gold leaf and resin on linen, 151cm x 101cm

The adoration of fools. Oil, paper collage, gold leaf and resin on linen, 151cm x 101cm

All the colours in my head. Collage, oil, charcoal and resin on linen, 103.5cm x 83.5cm

All the colours in my head. Collage, oil, charcoal and resin on linen, 103.5cm x 83.5cm

Bestial descent. Oil, charcoal and gold leaf on linen 80cm x 100cm

Bestial descent. Oil, charcoal and gold leaf on linen 80cm x 100cm

Study of Icarus. Oil on linen, 100cm x 100cm

Study of Icarus. Oil on linen, 100cm x 100cm

Self portrait, on earth as it is in heaven , Oil, charcoal, acrylic and resin on linen, 144cm x 84cm

Self portrait, on earth as it is in heaven , Oil, charcoal, acrylic and resin on linen, 144cm x 84cm

The offering, a return to Tokyo. Detail.

The offering, a return to Tokyo. Detail.

Self portrait as a kid, Oil and acrylic on linen, 103.5cm x 83.5cm. 2011

Self portrait as a kid, Oil and acrylic on linen, 103.5cm x 83.5cm. 2011

Head with fat. paper collage and oil on canvas. 68.5cm x 53.5cm

Head with fat. paper collage and oil on canvas. 68.5cm x 53.5cm

 

SULPTURES

Happy deep inside my heart

Oil and gold leaf on aluminum. French silk with wooden paneling.

Happy deep inside my heart. Oil and gold leaf on aluminum. French silk with wooden paneling. 180.5 x 146.5 x 110.3 cm

Happy deep inside my heart. Oil and gold leaf on aluminum. French silk with wooden paneling. 180.5 x 146.5 x 110.3 cm

Antony Micallef in Denmark@Black Pop Contemporary

The idol kids of today

The Idol kids of today series. Bronze and nickle plated.

Weapon face. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, London, 2009

Weapon face. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, London, 2009

Weapon face maquette. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Old Vic Tunnels. London 2010

Weapon face maquette. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Old Vic Tunnels. London 2010

Weapon face. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Impure Idol show. L.A, 2007

Weapon face. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Impure Idol show. L.A, 2007

Game boy. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Impure Idol show. L.A, 2007

Game boy. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Impure Idol show. L.A, 2007

The beginning of the end. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Impure Idol show. L.A, 2007

Dimentions: 195cm x 126cm x84cm Nickle plated bronze

The Idol kids of today series. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, London, 2009

The Idol kids of today series. Bronze and nickel plated. Exhibited at the Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, London, 2009

PRESS LINKS:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/09f8c56c-0d49-11e2-99a1-00144feabdc0.html#axzz29vBndo7Y

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturevideo/artvideo/9574716/Deadly-AK-47-gets-a-makeover-in-art-project.html

http://www.kensingtonandchelseareview.com/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-reviews/8708899/Antony-Micallef-Happy-Deep-Inside-My-Heart-Lazarides-Gallery.html

Selected Solo shows

2011 Happy, Deep Inside My Heart, Lazarides Gallery, London

2009 Becoming Animal, Lazarides Gallery, London

2007 Impure Idols, Lazarides pop-up, LA Hollywood, USA

2006 It’s a Wonderful World, Lazarides Gallery, London

2006 Antony Micallef, Eyestorm, Milan, Italy

2005 National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria

Selected Group shows

2013 Copelouzos Family Art Museum, December, Athens, Greece

2013 Artwars, Saatchi Gallery 9th – 134th October, London

2013 National Museum in Warsaw, Nowa Sztuka, Digital show Aug 25 – 5 September 2012, Poland

2012 The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Peace one day 25 – 30 September 2012, London

2011 Cabinet de curiosités, Bertrand & Gruner. Geneva, Switzerland

2010 The Old Vic Tunnels, Hell’s Half Acre, Lazarides pop-up, London

2010 Eurotrash, Lazarides pop-up, LA Beverly Hills, USA

2009 The Old Vic Tunnels, Tunnel 228 curated by Punch Drunk, London

2009 Journey. Supported by Emma Thompson, the UN and the Roddick foundation. Washington Place, New York

2008 The Royal Academy ,GSK Contemporary, Burlington Gardens, London

2008 The Tate Britain, Curwen Studio Limited Edition Print Show, London

2007 Santa’s Ghetto Bethlehem, Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestine

2006 Another Fucking Collective, Arcaute Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico

2006 Mystery Portrait Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London

2005 44 Boards: Human Rights Coalition, ManHan Gallery, Ohio

2005 How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Alphabet Gallery, London

2005 Millenaris Park, Budapest, Hungary

2004 A.D Gallery, California, USA

2003 Pure Brighton, Catto Contemporary, London

2002 Perverse Pop, Catto Contemporary, London

2000 BP Portrait Prize, The National Portrait Gallery, London — awarded second prize

 


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