Antony Micallef sculptures
British artist Antony Micallef is notoriously accredited for his exploration of today’s social obsessions with consumerism through bright and erratic charcoal and oil paintings.
His stunning bronze and nickel plated sculptures, dotted around the Royal Academy’s Burlington Gardens during 2008’s contemporary season, are as equally shocking and elaborate.
Featuring pieces such as ‘The Idol Kids of Today – Weapon Face’ blow onlookers away, with the hysteric juxtaposition of an innocent child’s body (delicate girlie socks included), and from the neck upwards startling machine guns and violent mass weaponry.
Other pieces, such as ‘Game Boy’, ‘The beginning of the End’ and ‘Burger Boy’ are as equally emotive with clashing cherubs and video game obsessed youths on Roman style pedestals.
His fascinating opinion on our love-hate relationship with all things consumerism, has gained him fans that include the Jolie-Pitts as well as fellow artist Damien Hirst.
Tipped for huge things, he’s showcasing his latest canvases at a solo exhibition entitled ‘Happy, Deep Inside My Heart’ this month at the Rathbone gallery where no doubt he will continue to both allure, and horrify the awaiting public.
– Hannah Gale
Photos courtesy of AnthonyMicallef.com