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The origins of Natasha Michaels recent monoprints lie in historical portraits from the renaissance to the 19th century. Exploring challenging and at times up-ending traditional conventions and genres, Michaels’ work is an investigation of her own ambivalence towards the originals. At once subverting and celebrating, she uses her own expressive language to recast and direct the sitters, reimagining them as fictional characters. The subjects often appear uncomfortable or perplexed as Michaels plays with ideas of power , gender and artifice. directing the viewer to consider their status.

VIEW - Natasha Michaels introduces her Museum of Contemporary Masters and Mistresses monoprints from her studio in London.

Part old masters, part cartoons the works hint at contemporary notions of importance and beauty such as celebrity, social media filters and cosmetic procedures and create painterly composites against flat indeterminate backgrounds. The sitters appear, to themselves as well as the viewer uncertain of their identity and context. 

Michaels process adds to this unstable mutant world. Beginning with the reversal of the original image. Gestural brushstrokes, slips and smears combined with the sharp boundaries of the cut aluminium plates reveal strange chimeras on the paper . Unsettlingly recognisable yet unfamiliar , they hover between high art and pop culture. Michaels makes multiple versions of each print constantly experimenting and adapting her approach as if engaged in a conversation with the original sitters and the emerging versions of themselves. 

Michaels studied at the Royal College of Art 1994-1996 and St Martins School of Art 1989-92 

These and other works by Natasha Michaels will be exhibited as part of the London Art Fair 2021 from 18-31 January and in an exhibition 'An Intimate Distance' with Craigie Aitchison, Eileen Cooper, and Natasha Michaels at Rabley Gallery in Feb 21.


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Natasha Michaels

Emperor

£650.00

Natasha Michaels

Notary Ap2

£900.00

Natasha Michaels

Girl

£900.00

Natasha Michaels

For the Horseman

£3,500.00

Natasha Michaels

Consort

Natasha Michaels

Grapes, Peaches, Butterfly

£800.00

Natasha Michaels

Queen

£800.00

Natasha Michaels

Dignitary

£650.00

Natasha Michaels

Wife

£950.00

Natasha Michaels

Cherries

£650.00

Natasha Michaels

Boy

£650.00

Natasha Michaels

Countess

£650.00

Natasha Michaels

Grandee

£800.00

Natasha Michaels

Father in Law

£950.00

Natasha Michaels

Sister

Natasha Michaels

The Lady EV1

£950.00

Natasha Michaels

Consort 2/3

£950.00