The Museum of Uncut Funk was introduced to Michael Pegues and his one man show, The Measure of an Artist, by gallery owner François Baron. We are pleased to have the ability to show some of the work from this show. As former gallery owners, we are huge fans of fine art and believe in supporting current gallery owners wherever we can. We are happy to help promote Michael’s art in our Aesthetic Grooves blog. Hope you enjoy!
Here is the press release from the show:
Michael Anthony Pegues
The Measure of an Artist
May 16 – June 3, 2012
Opening: May 16, 6pm to 9pm
FB gallery is proud to present Michael Anthony Pegues: The Measure of an Artist. Michael Anthony Pegues, a fixture of the downtown art scene and true NY icon has finally found a home at FB gallery to present his vision. His constant quest for recognition, almost an obsession, has led him to constantly produce artworks where his image takes center stage.
The Measure of an Artist is the culmination of Michael Anthony’s life-long dedication to his art. The show high-lights the struggle, passion, and rise of a man fully aware of his unique aesthetic. Citing Jean-Michel Basquiat not as an influence but rather as an equal, his work displays child-like innocence visually coinciding with complex subject matter.
Since 1996 Michael Anthony has had his work consistently shown nationally with an eye fixed on fame—his equivalent to credibility. However, this is the first large scale solo show to honor his vision rooted in the long New York tradition of the self-made, struggling artist. Never has he shared his story so unabashedly through not only painting, but also multimedia depictions of himself. His colorful, intuitive, expressionistic strokes on canvas recount his resiliency through homelessness, theft, and ultimately his never ending hope and belief that he will be finally recognized and accepted as a true original.
An artist is not to be measured by wealth, reviews, or even aesthetic. In reality, an artist’s process cannot be measured… but a life on visual display can. Ranging from his graffiti tag Mazike, his royal alter-ego Prince Michael the First, to his sexual exploration through The Ginger-bread Man; Michael Anthony’s work proves that regard-less of name or circumstance, he has survived and he has arrived. And most importantly, he saw it coming.
“I have yet to actually tell anybody how amazing I am…this show is what I’ve been trying to tell you for a long time.” – Michael Anthony Pegues