Time for an artist whose work is a bit less straighforward it its representational qualities. Antony Micallef has become incredibly trendy lately. His paintings play with pop culture and distort, juxtapose and subvert images from the commercial, religious and media arenas.
The resulting compositions are dark, unnerving and grotesque, yet also very witty and remarkable in their execution. They have the same bitter sense of humour as much of Banksy’s work, and perhaps this is why he has become so popular.
In his own words (according to wikipedia that is)… “The trouble with pop imagery is that it doesn’t really go deeper than the surface, you have to drag it down and challenge it to make it interesting. When you put two contrasting images together it causes friction and that is the bit I’m interested in”