Combining delicate flowers, lichens and butterflies, these contemporary chinoiseries are created by the British designer and fine artist renowned for his exquisite interior designs and trompe l’oeil drawings.
Fast becoming a Surface View favourite, Michael Angove is an award winning British designer and fine artist who is specially known for his highly detailed and exquisite interior designs and trompe l’oeil drawings - ideal for our prints which celebrate both epic scale and painstaking attention to detail.
During his time at the Royal College of Art, London, Michael perfected an innovative scanning technique to capture the rambling nature and complexities of the British garden. The contemporary chinoiseries combine delicate flowers, lichens and butterflies whilst hiding cobwebs, praying mantis and even scorpions. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art Michael’s drawings have sold internationally and he has had many sell-out London shows. In 2008 Michael was invited to design fabrics for Liberty of London, launching alongside designs by Grayson Perry. The success of these designs has led to an thriving relationship with Liberty, alongside which he continues to take personal commissions.
We are very pleased to announce artist, designer and Surface View collaborator Michael Angove's first solo exhibition of brand new trompe l'oeil drawings at the newly refurbished Hollywood Road Gallery, Chelsea.
' Michael Angove's work is a welcome example of the neglected art of fine drawing. His trompe l'oeil is at once cerebal and austere but invokes a nostalgic notion of a forgotton memory; and his pencil drawings of familiar objects in a narrative compostition are treated with such a delicate touch as to become hauntingly beautiful and utterly desireable. '
- Clare Johnston, Royal College of Art.
The collection includes beautifully intricate drawings of keys, feathers, spoons, string and thread, quail's eggs, marbles, dried roses and in a few cases 24ct gold. This new collection focuses more on the narrative as well as exquisite drawing technique; A quail's egg might be a planet, a feather might be considered a shield while a spoon could be a character. In their own right they are fine drawings that are hauntingly provocative.
All drawings will be available to buy. We'll see you there!
Where, Hollywood Road Gallery, London, SW10 9HY.
When, 13th September - 22nd September, 2012.
How, find out more - www.michaelangove.com