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Michael Michaeledes

British, 1923-2015
Michael Michaeledes, Untitled, 1965
Untitled, 1965

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus and raised in Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece, Michael Michaeledes studied art and architecture in Italy and in England. Since 1954, he has been based in London. In the late 1950s and into the 60s, he created paintings of flat washes of pigment on paper or canvas. Later in the decade, he began exploring the shaped canvases that would define his career.

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus and raised in Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece, Michael Michaeledes studied art and architecture in Italy and in England. Since 1954, he has been based in London. In the late 1950s and into the 60s, he created paintings of flat washes of pigment on paper or canvas. Later in the decade, he began exploring the shaped canvases that would define his career.

 

In this group, wooden armatures are affixed to the painting’s stretchers, and the unprimed canvas is pulled over them to create what are essentially wall-mounted reliefs. As one critic observed, with these reliefs, Michaeledes works with two of the three elements of painting: canvas and stretcher. He just omits the paint. (1) These austere constructions were lauded very publically in 1976, when they represented Greece in the Venice Biennale.

 

Michaeledes has also worked with aluminum, paper cut-outs, and 2-dimensional paintings of crisply defined edges. He has exhibited regularly at galleries around the world for nearly half a century, and the many public collections holding his work include the National Gallery of Greece in Athens, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Municipal Gallery of Dublin, the Birmingham (UK) Museum and Art Gallery, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Seoul.

 

(1) Marina Vaizey, “The Work of Michaeledes,” Brochure published for Greek Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 1976.

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