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All Men By Nature Desire To Know: Featured Artist: Alan Michael 11 January 2017

Alan Michael was born in 1967 in Paisley, Scotland, he now lives and works in London.

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Michael’s paintings are often photorealistic renderings of everyday objects, taken from obscure reference photos – or film stills as is the case with his latest work included in All Men By Nature Desire To Know.

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The other side to Michael’s work includes text-based paintings which also borrow from varied reference points – including brand names and pop culture references – as well as referring to other artworks and art movements. 

All of Michael’s work seems to hone in on meticulous details, but the meaning behind the paintings is harder to pin down. The mix of text and imagery sometimes seem to be at odds with each other, or at least have little obvious links. Still, the works draw the viewer in; inviting you to try and unpick them and the intentions of the painter.

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Alan Michael has produced new works specifically for All Men By Nature Desire To Know. Here are a couple of sneak peeks:

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Recent solo exhibitions include:

» About a work #9, Galeria Zero, Milan, 2015

» P.A, Vilma Gold, London, 2014

» Calvinistic Girls, High Art, Paris, 2014

Recent group exhibitions include:

» Dead Ends, curated by Kari Rittenbach at 1001 44th Rd, New York City, 2016

» Le Bourgeois, 3236RLS, London

» The Painting Show, CAC Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016

» Attachments and Assignations, Cubitt, London, 2014

Images: Rose Clouds of Holocaust, Pervert, Fone, 2014, silkscreen, oil and acrylic on canvas, 173 x 124 cm; A Troll, 2015, laser copies mounted on canvas, 75 x 105 cm; A Rainbow, 2016, oil on canvas, 84 x 59 cm; details of two new works included in All Men By Nature Desire To Know

 

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