La Lanta Fine Arts Presents Michele Mikesell's First Solo Exhibition in Asia
Bangkok - JAN 11, 2012
La Lanta Fine Arts is pleased to present "Michele Mikesell: Dichotomy", on view at the gallery from January 11th through February 22nd 2012.

This will be the first opportunity in Asia to see a solo show of works by Michele Mikesell, a half Filipino-half American artist. "Dichotomy" features portraits of familiar characters together with subjects we recognize and identify with. Mikesell's work consistently travels along a general vein of the universal human experience.These realistic stylized faces placed within loosely interpreted animal shapes and costumes narrate a continued thesis of dichotomy and metaphor - comparing and contrasting human ideas with animal instinct. Irony, contradiction, humor and tragedy, have been continued themes in Mikesell's work and are illustrated not only within the image, but within the actual paint and surface of the painting. Removing paint throughout the process of creating an image is of equal or greater importance than adding paint. This method of wiping, scraping and sanding enables the apparent worn and built up surface to be paradoxically buried within a pristine and untouched surface, resulting in a contrasting yet uniform aesthetic. As the artist says in her statement, "Creating individuals is what I find most interesting in the studio. It is my hope that these portraits will be familiar characters to the viewer, subjects we recognize and identify with. My work consistently travels along a general vein of the universal human experience. Recently human features have been introduced. Other aspects of this work directly reference the anthropomorphic petroglyph like characters in which I first based my interest in painting. These realistic stylized faces placed within loosely interpreted animal shapes and costumes narrate a continued thesis of dichotomy and metaphor - comparing and contrasting human ideas with animal instinct. Irony, contradiction, humor and tragedy, have been continued themes in my work and are illustrated not only within the image, but within the actual paint and surface of the painting. Paint as color and paint as matter have always been central themes to my work. Removing paint throughout the process of creating an image is of equal or greater importance than adding paint. This method of wiping, scraping and sanding enables the apparent worn and built up surface to be paradoxically buried within a pristine and untouched surface, resulting in a contrasting yet uniform aesthetic." Mikesell is a Dallas Artist who lives and works in Oak Cliff and is currently represented by Chiaroscuro, Sante Fe; JRB Gallery, Oklahoma City; Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta; and DECORAZON Gallery in Dallas / London. Mikesell's work can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, and has been exhibited in many National and International Art Fairs including, Art Basel Miami, The Suite Art Fair Dallas, Texas, Red Dot London, Art Santa Fe, and the Affordable Art Fair New York City and London Battersea Park. 'Lalanta' is translated from the Thai word meaning "beauty in abundance". Located in the heart of Bangkok's most affluent districts, La Lanta Fine Art offers contemporary artworks by internationally acclaimed artists. The gallery also exhibits work by up-and-coming artists. The gallery works across borders with artists from Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, the UK, the US and Vietnam. Their 'Young Programme'initiative enables the gallery to identify and embrace new ideas and new art expressions undertaken by promising young artists from the Asian continent.

La Lanta Fine Art works with curators through our affiliation with art galleries across Asia, Europe, and North America to develop high quality art exhibition programs that enrich the art experience of it's audience.

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