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b. 1975, United Kingdom

Antony Micallef Biography

Antony Micallef was born in Swindon, England in 1975 and graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Plymouth. He was notably taught by the austere landscape painter John Virtue, who was taught by the postwar painter Frank Auerbach.

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Described as a modern Expressionist and widely recognised as one of the finest painters in contemporary art today, Micallef roots his work in social commentary and self-examination. His latest series, Self, consists of introspective self-portraits that also explore the artist’s relationship with paint. Through mark-making and applying layer upon layer of paint on the canvas, Micallef engages in self-analytical dialogue. This series is a departure from Micallef’s past works, which embraced a colourful critical pop language and depicted scenes of hedonistic excess mixed with spiritual iconography.

His major solo exhibitions include Self (2015), Lazarides Rathbone, London, UK; Impure Idols (2007), Lazarides, Hollywood, California, USA; Antony Micallef (2006), Eyestorm, Milan, Italy; and a show at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria (2005).

Micallef also has work in collections all over the world and has exhibited in group shows in institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery (2000), Royal Academy (2008), Tate Britain (2010), and the ICA London (2012). He took second prize in the BP Portrait Award competition in 2000.

Antony Micallef Featured Artworks

Self-Portrait in Red by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork
Antony MicallefSelf-Portrait in Red, 2017Oil on French linen
133.5 x 113.5 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Raw Intent No. 3 by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork
Antony MicallefRaw Intent No. 3, 2016Oil on French linen
130 x 110 cm
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Raw Intent No. 6 by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork
Antony MicallefRaw Intent No. 6, 2016Oil with beeswax on French linen
135 x 112 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Raw Intent No. 4 by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork
Antony MicallefRaw Intent No. 4, 2016Oil on French linen
132 x 112 cm
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Raw Intent No. 14 by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork
Antony MicallefRaw Intent No. 14, 2016Oil on French linen
130 x 110 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Self-Portrait with Grey No. 4 by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork
Antony MicallefSelf-Portrait with Grey No. 4, 2015Oil with beeswax on French linen
140 x 120 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery

Antony Micallef Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Leonardo Drew, Dale Frank, Antony Micallef, Accidents [Part II] at Pearl Lam Galleries, H Queen's, Hong Kong
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31 January–4 July 2020 Leonardo Drew, Dale Frank, Antony Micallef Accidents [Part II] Pearl Lam GalleriesH Queen's, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Antony Micallef, Raw Intent at Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong
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13 May–7 July 2016 Antony Micallef Raw Intent Pearl Lam GalleriesPedder Street, Hong Kong

Antony Micallef Represented By

Pearl Lam Galleries contemporary art gallery in Pedder Street, Hong Kong Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai

Antony Micallef In Related Press

A studio visit with Antony Micallef Related Press A studio visit with Antony Micallef 4 November 2016, Juxtapoz

We visited Antony Micallef at his studio in London's Nothing Hill a few weeks ago, interrupting his work schedule that was fully in the swing. It has been a few months since he finished work for his Raw Intent solo show with Pearl Lam in Hong Kong, and after a much needed break, he was more than ready to start creating again.

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Art Stage Jakarta to present the best of Indonesian contemporary art Related Press Art Stage Jakarta to present the best of Indonesian contemporary art 5 August 2016, The Jakarta Post

The art fair that has helped Singapore become an international hub for contemporary art is coming to Jakarta – bringing outstanding Indonesian and foreign collections together under one roof. Held from Friday until Sunday at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City hotel in South Jakarta, the first-ever Art Stage Jakarta will see the...

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Solo Hong Kong exhibition for British paint-throwing artist Related Press Solo Hong Kong exhibition for British paint-throwing artist

British artist Antony Micallef likes mess. That’s his style. He hurls paint at a canvas then manipulates and folds it, allowing it to create its own emotion and expression. The results are impressive and Hong Kong art lovers can see it up close at “Raw Intent”, a new series of paintings on show at Central’s Pearl Lam...

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Antony Micallef In Video & Audio

Antony Micallef interview from RTHK: The Works Related Video & Audio Antony Micallef interview from RTHK: The Works 27 May 2016, RTHK's The Works

Known for his visually charged figure paintings, Micallef has enjoyed international success since he placed second in the BP Portrait Award 2000, hosted at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Other key exhibitions include at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria; the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland; The Royal...

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