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SELECTED WORKS BY Alan Michael

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Alan Michael
Apologia Pro Vita Positivia

2005

oil on canvas

101.5 x 76 x 1.8cm
Alan Michael’s paintings explore the dynamic of cultural image transaction and artistic lineage. Borrowing his subject matter from both art historical and media sources, Michael’s large-scale canvases magnify their appropriated imagery; rendered with a cold, almost mechanical aesthetic, his paintings resonate with a sense of the uncanny, making the familiar seem alien and inured. Through his interwoven referencing, Michael adapts the ideologies associated with various art historical movements to highlight his subjects as hierarchical emblems, situated within, and co-opted by, often conflicting power structures. Untitled (Shoes), for example, is formatted in repetitive panels, reminiscent of Warhol’s pop. Retaining faithfulness to the original photographic sources with a limited grey-scale palette, Michael’s footwear both allures with the glamour of early 20th c. advertising and the style of Russian agitprop. Similar strategies are found throughout Michael’s paintings, which readily mingle 80s fashion, Soviet propaganda, minimalism, and pop. In this careful layering of signifiers, Michael develops his own lexicon which both decodes and furnishes cultural anxiety. Through their sterile aesthetic, Michael’s paintings isolate symbolic fragments of contemporary experience, rendering their meaning as bereft, corrupted, and infinitely seductive.
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Alan Michael
Untitled (faces)

2005

oil on canvas

86 x 50.5cm
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Alan Michael
Untitled (shoes)

2005

oil on canvas

164 x 113cm
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Alan Michael
Apologia

2005

pencil on paper on canvas

205 x 154cm

OTHER RESOURCES

modernartinc.com
Alan Michael at Modern Art including artworks and biography

absolutearts.com - Alan Michael in the exhibition Changing Room
Alan Michael composes complex images in different styles and media, at times utilising figures appropriated from works by an eclectic mixture of Twentieth Century figurative painters including Balthus, Lucien Freud, Modigliani, Georgia O‚Keefe and Phillip Pearlstein. Michael‚s interest is in transformations or distortions of culture and in the currency and capital of quotation.

transmissiongallery.org - Alan Michael press release at the Transmission Gallery
Alan Michael’s paintings and drawings often feature restructured characters’ from art and real life combined - to pursue an interest in the projection of person and an ‘ideal’ peer group.

ngca.co.uk - Alan Michael takes part in the exhibition: Year Zero from the Northern gallery of Contemporary Art
‘Homage’; ‘influence’; ‘synthesis’; ‘appropriation’; ‘adaptation’; ‘quotation’; ‘pastiche’; ‘plagiarism’. The very fact that we possess such a bewildering vocabulary with which to articulate the relation of one artist to another is symptomatic of an intractable problem.