Antony Micallef

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

When I was growing up, I had a tendency to get a little, let's say...obsessed with certain things. There are a few bands, movies, shows, actors, actresses, painters, directors, you name it- that wouldn't just catch my attention, they would entice me into a full on stalker-esque trance that I've never really been able to shake. Antony Micallef was one of those.

His work explores the relationship we have with consumerism- how people are so submerged in the idea of 'stuff' and 'things' and with this, creates an image that at first might look strikingly beautiful, but in most cases, on closer inspection, things aren't want they seem. He is also an absolute genius in the recreation of the human form. Although his images may seem distorted the minute detail really is fascinating and I still get excited every time I look at a piece of his art.

I found myself in around 2003, booking a flight to Milan on a whim and going to see one of his solo exhibitions. I would literally do anything for an original print. The self- portraits are my favourite. So dark! Ahh, I'm off to draw with some charcoal!

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