Antony Micallef

1975 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Antony Micallef is a mid-career established artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Antony Micallef was born in 1975. Born in the same country and around the same year are Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Antony Micallef's work is available on display in several galleries around the globe such as in China and the Netherlands. Galleries exhibiting Antony Micallef's work include Pearl Lam Galleries | Shanghai and Pearl Lam Galleries | Hong Kong, Pedder Building in China, and Lionel Gallery in the Netherlands. Antony Micallef's most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Pearl Lam Galleries | Queen’s Road Central in Hong Kong (25 February 2020 until 8 June 2020) with the exhibition Accidents [Part II]. Antony Micallef's work has also been exhibited during the From the other side exhibition at Gallery Nosco // Marseille - London in France (1 September 2020 - 17 October 2020).

Antony Micallef in private collections

On Artland, Antony Micallef's works can be seen in several Collections, including Jhen and CCC. These also feature works from other critically-acclaimed artists such as Françoise Coutant, Liam Stevens, and Farhad Farzali.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural authority of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant extent eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century.

Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists known for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically remarkable British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Antony Micallef

Antony Micallef was born in 1975 and was largely influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural environment.

The 1980s were a significant decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Antony Micallef

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 1

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