Michael Alan-P8507 Gases rising

© the artist, courtesy Vilma Gold, London

Gases Rising

Alan Michael (1967 – )


90 x 63 cm
oil on canvas
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The painting Gases Rising features the words 'Unlawful Assembly' in a font used on the first edition of the book of the same name that Michael and Lucy McKenzie collaborated on in 2013 as a means of entertaining their friends who were attending the Fiorruci Foundation Volcano Extravaganza in Stromboli. The project came out of the artist’s interest in the parallels between crime literature and painting, specifically their shared ability to craft illusions. One of the illusions that Michael explores in his work is that of the aura of the painting, utilising his extraordinary talent as a photorealist painter to investigate the superficiality of the medium.


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