The Trump artwork manifested itself from early self portraits painted on the back of cigarette packets in 2011. Works were originally created on the back of Marlborough Light 20 packs and exhibited in the solo show, ‘Happy Deep inside my Heart’. At least 6 different versions were originally created using portraiture painted from life in front of a mirror, to more child like characters. This was the catalyst in what later to became the ‘Trump Fags’ series.
As Trump started to gain traction in the press the idea of the Trump cigarettes had been formulating in my head for some time. It wasn’t until I was I was asked to create a piece of art to help promote and raise awareness for the non-profit organisation, Peace One Day, that the the art work was created. The original ‘Trump Fags’ series was auctioned on the Paddle 8 website and the 3 oil painted cigarette boxes sold for over £11,500. All proceeds went to the charity.
The middle image was offered as a free download on this website and quickly gained attention, spreading across the globe. The ‘Trump Fag’ image has been displayed inside the Hammer Museum in LA and has been spotted and used in protests all over the world including the famous Women’s March in Washington DC. LA and Miami Florida.
Antony Micallef has been invited to take part in the AKA Peace One Day project. The exhibition includes some of the biggest names in contemporary art all of whom have agreed to transform a decommissioned AK-47 assault rifle, refashioning what has become a symbol of global violence on the broadest scale into artworks of intrigue and even beauty. The exhibition, originally conceived by photographer Bran Symondson and now curated by artist Jake Chapman, coincides with Peace Day, Friday 21 September 2012; it will raise awareness of Peace Day and raise funds for Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2013 campaign. See the link for peace one day here.
The artists Participating are: Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Sam Taylor Wood, Gavin Turk, Gary Hume, Rebecca Warren, Stuart Semple, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Douglas Gordon, Jeremy Deller, Marc Quinn, Ryan Gander, Jim Lambie, Langlands & Bell, Mat Collishaw, Harland Miller, Bran Symondson, Sarah Lucas, Charming Baker, Antony Micallef, Nancy Fouts, Laila Shawa.
AKA PEACE 25 – 30 September 2012. The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).
This Autumn marks the beginning of the Royal Academy of Arts’ inaugural season of contemporary art. GSK Contemporary promises visitors a challenging line-up of experimental art and contemporary theatre to be enjoyed and debated within a stimulating, salon-style environment.
GSK Contemporary will feature more than 20 art exhibitions, 40 live events and 100 film screenings and be repeated over the next three winters. Supported by GlaxoSmithKline, the programme is complemented by a late-night art bar where live events will take place. This plus a pop-up, fine-dining restaurant called FLASH by hip, tongue-in-cheek outfit Bistrotheque will allow visitors to extend their visit into the evening and as late as midnight from Thursday to Saturday.
A multidisciplinary season of experimental art
Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens
Supported by GlaxoSmithKline
Media Partner Time Out
This collaboration explores the works of Sweet Paris & I shit diamonds from 2011. By looking at fragments and details of each painting then translating these into the medium of millinery. The collection includes Micallef’s paintings printed onto silks and applied onto Victoria Grants signature head sculptures, as well as other arrangements where Micallef has literally applied oils as he would on a canvas onto Grant’s designs. Together they have produced a truly unique and intimate alliance. This collaboration of Milliner and Painter is not only a celebration of their mediums, but of their mutual curiosity and wild imaginations. A selection of the hats made Vogues top 100 hats.
These prints were commissioned to celebrate 50 years of the Curwen press.
Paula Rego, Antony Micallef ad Mark Herald were all asked to make a piece of work especially for the Curwen Studio. They were displayed in the Goodison Room in the Tate Britain, London UK.
The Curwen Studio is a printmaker and publisher of fine art lithographic prints. Originally founded in 1958 as a subsidiary of the Curwen Press, which itself was founded in 1863 by The Reverend John Curwen as a means of producing hymn sheets for his congregation.
Due to the emergence of artists’ original prints as publications in their own right The Curwen Studio was set up in 1958 under the management of renowned printmaker Stanley Jones MBE. There followed a period when artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink and John Piper produced many important lithographs at the Studio.
Dame Emma Thompson in front of Antony Micallef’s Work with the Mayor of New York and Helen Bamber OBE.
Antony was commissioned to paint and design the seven shipping containers the housed the temporary exhibition called the Journey. The walk through exhibition been exhibited in Washington Place in NYC. The project has been set up to raise awareness about human sex trafficking. Championed by Emma Thompson and Samantha Roddick and supported by The Mayor of NYC, the UN and the Helen Bamber foundation. The Helen Bamber Foundation supports refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced extreme human cruelty, such as torture and human trafficking.
The exhibitors include the artistic skills of a highly experienced and talented team assembled from a range of disciplines including: Turner Prize-winning artist, Anish Kapoor; Internationally acclaimed artist Antony Micallef; Oscar-winning costume designer, Sandy Powell; one of Britain’s leading graffiti artists, MODE2; BAFTA-nominated Art Director, Michael Howells; playwright, Simon Stephens;photographer, James Ostrer; Royal graphic designer, Mike Dempsey; V&A award-winning illustrator, Laura Carlin; Trafficked woman, Elena Varga and Lifetime Achievement Award-winner in Human Rights, Helen Bamber OBE. The exhibition dates are 9th November – 15th November 2009. Open to the public in Washington Place, off Washington Square Park.
These paintings and sketches are the results from Antony’s trip to Bethlehem in December 2007. While joining other artists who traveled to this destination from many parts of the world, they created an exhibition called Santa’s Ghetto in Manger Square. The exhibition took place in the Manger Square just outside the Church of the Nativity where Jesus Christ was supposedly born. This small series of paintings are his considered response to the short trip behind the wall. The exhibition was curated by Banksy and all the proceeds raised went to a children’s charity.
Since 1999 to 2002 Antony visited Tokyo a number of times and made a series of works looking at the cultural amalgamation of Japanese pop. After spending some time on a residency Micallef formulated works that impersonated manga style comics fused with his own traditional methods of drawing. His series of works were very much a response from ‘outside the bubble’ and wanted to be seen as the outsider looking in. Paintings, sketches and lithographs were made that were eventually shown in a solo show in Milan.