HAPPY DEEP INSIDE MY HEART // LONDON

HAPPY DEEP INSIDE MY HEART // LONDON

Yoki Attitudes suggests: Antony Micallef: Happy Deep Inside My Heart, 9 September - 15 October 2011. Lazarides Rathbone, 11 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HR + 44 (0) 207 636 5443 Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 7pm, admission free, www.lazinc.com

Lazarides is delighted to welcome back one of the UKs most exciting artists, Antony Micallef, to the walls of their Rathbone Gallery with a new solo exhibition,  Happy, Deep Inside My Heart from 9 September. Vibrantly colourful yet sometimes deeply troubling, Micallefs canvases interweave social commentary with self-examination. Antonys work is built upon the profound belief in the act of markmaking; figures and faces loom through the veil of loose, confident, almost abstract brushstrokes that explore experiences of life in  London through sensations of light and dark, mirrored in both his palette and his choice of imagery. Focussing on the contradiction inherent to mass-consumerism, the artist satirizes the rampant social suspicion of multi-national brands while simultaneously being outwardly seduced by products and marketing. Basing his art on social commentary and selfexamination over propaganda and style, Micallef is a traditional fine artist, weaving elements of pop-art into his large canvases. Micallef says, My work is like a Disney film that slowly turns into violent pornography, but you dont really see where the change happens. Its an ambush to the senses to capture an audience. I want to amalgamate and infuse  the figures into a synthetic world. The twisted figures resembling experiments  gone wrong from a science lab have somehow walked into our commercials, our glossy magazines; a cocktail of chromatic perversion. The aim is to use colour as a decoy to invite the viewer in, to ambush their senses, to give that inner world a sugar-coated, cracked-sweet veneer, hiding the distortion and decay.

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