“The work anthropologically and anatomically investigates the human form. Through the process of painting, utilizing abstraction
and portraiture I am constructing a new narrative for the protagonist.
 
Creating an intimate conversation with the subject I seek to build a carnal and emotional relationship through the physicality of the mediums.
This ethereal process is what I “define as activation”  the connection and theatricality that bring the paintings to “life”.





Michael Angel is an American-Australian artist.
He was born in Melbourne, Australia, and moved to United states in 2001. Son of a Palestinian father and Egyptian mother, his parents met in Alexandria, Egypt before moving to Australia in the late 1960’s.


Michael Angel is an abstract figurative painter. He’s a self-taught artist, who started painting at the age of 5. Influenced by movements such as impressionism, cubism, and abstract expressionism- Angel focuses his eye on the human form and surrounding environments, re-assembling and distorting his subjects and figures in the process.
Angel began his career in Fashion design forging an innovative path as a textile designer with his use of digital print at the early days of the medium, shortly after he launched and ran his own namesake label in New York in the years 2007- 2014, which focused solely on digital print using his own original art. Angel would later incorporate this expansive body of digital artwork by using these textiles in his artwork.

Angel then turned his focus solely on painting to begin Series 1 in East Hampton, NY. Influenced by artists such as Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Picasso, Angel’s influences can be seen through his unique blend of gestural abstraction and figuration.

Angel’s show titled ‘Home’ in January 2018, would be his first major step into figuration. The exhibition explored the subject of domesticity through a series of eight new paintings, portraits that were primarily inspired from photographs dating back to his youth. Although far from the total abstraction of some of his earlier works, the canvas scraping of his palette knife technique is still present and serves here to obscure and distort in order to distance the figures and unsettle a narrative of comforting home life.
It is the figures themselves that have a distinct layered impression that gives the viewer a clearer understanding of what he has felt during the process, being able to express the emotion of both subject and artist.
Angel currently lives and works in New York.





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