Normally the staff at Wall To Street will seldom recommend buying a print as an investment. With so many great artists selling works for under $1,000, it doesn’t seem necessary in our opinion to purchase one of an edition versus an individual work. But there are exceptions which catch our eye. Banksy prints definitely hold our interest along with the occasional Shepard Fairey and pieces by Nick Walker.
This week’s find is by the contemporary artist Antony Micallef. Represented by London’s ultra-trendy gallery Lazarides, Mr. Micallef’s amalgamations of pop culture that examine the dark underbelly of today’s society.
Antony Micallef – Minotaur Whore – 2010
Mr. Micallef’s work gained wide recognition when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased some of his work. But to his defense, Mr. Micallef’s work has been shown in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London to large audiences that embraced his deconstructions of brand worship and societal taboos.
But long before Mr. Micallef was being favored by the Hollywood elite, he was producing prints for Pictures On Walls (P.O.W.).
Antony Micallef – Friendly Fire – 2006
“Friendly Fire” made its debut in 2006 at P.O.W.’s “Santa’s Ghetto”. An edition of 250, it quickly sold out and was much sought after by fans of Banksy and Shepard Fairey. The hard-hitting image, which definitely polarized viewers, displayed Mr. Micallef’s artistic talents with his ability to remix current events with cultural references. Frequently we would see the piece selling for upwards of $2,500.
And that didn’t surprise us as Mr. Micallef’s future prints didn’t share the same precision, or immediate cultural relevance, as this wonderful print.
Antony Micallef – God I Want To Be Bad – 2007
As the “runaway train” effect on the print market has finally gotten back under control, we still see this particular piece as one that will grow in value as Mr. Micallef continues to increase in popularity. If you can secure the piece for $1,200, we would definitely consider it a great acquisition at a fantastic price.