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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

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Constructing Auras No. 1 by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Antony MicallefConstructing Auras No. 1, 2020Oil and beeswax on linen
100 x 80 x 20 cm
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Constructing Auras No. 4 by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork sculpture
Antony MicallefConstructing Auras No. 4, 2020Oil and beeswax with raw pigment
48 x 40 x 14 cm
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Constructing Auras No. 3 by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork sculpture
Antony MicallefConstructing Auras No. 3, 2020Oil, beeswax, with raw pigment
33 x 33 x 30 cm
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Constructing Auras No. 7 by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork sculpture
Antony MicallefConstructing Auras No. 7, 2017Oil on linen with raw pigment
30 x 26 x 2.5 cm
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Self-Portrait in Red by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork painting
Antony MicallefSelf-Portrait in Red, 2017Oil on French linen
133.5 x 113.5 cm
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Raw Intent No. 3 by Antony Micallef contemporary artwork painting
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 painting
Antony MicallefRaw Intent No. 6, 2016Oil with beeswax on French linen
135 x 112 cm
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