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Antony Micallef

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Antony Micallef is widely recognised as one of the finest painters in contemporary art today. His ambitious and opulent canvases examine society's complex relationship with consumerism and indulgence. Expressionist scenes of hedonistic excess, the seduction of global brands and international city scenes 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 has previously described 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.

His career landmarks include coming runner-up in the BP Portrait Prize, the wildly successful solo exhibition Impure Idols, which was held to great acclaim on Hollywood Boulevard, and his 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 Santa's Ghetto in Bethlehem - an exhibition curated by Banksy.

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