For three years Antony Micallef worked on "The Union of Animals", the painting which his print with us is based on. He says sometimes a work comes together in stages like pieces of a puzzle. 'The unfinished painting can be sat in the studio for years, then one day you walk in and it tells you exactly what it needs.'
Antony has always had a fascination with Dutch old master and Vanitas, a genre of art especially popular in the Netherlands during the 17th century. Vanitas are still-life paintings filled with symbolism that hint at human mortality.
"The Union of Animals" is the result of Antony's desire to create a work that would be a hybrid of his previous work while including new elements that seduce our idea of the perception of beauty. He is fascinated by how we see and try to control narrative. In this case 'controlling nature to such an extent that we try and impose our own ideals into other species and the exhausted incursion on the environment around us. To marvel at nature and try to imitate it but yet misunderstanding and creating a genetic anomaly that reflects our imperfections'.
Each print is hand-finished by Antony using black oil point. You can find all information on the edition here: https://avantarte.com/products/the-union-of-animals