Michael Andrew Page (b.1989)


Born in Northampton, Michael Andrew Page lives and works in London. Within the last year Page completed his MA Painting at the Royal College of Art, London, following the receipt of his BA from the Slade School of Fine Art.

Page's works are inspired by Kenneth Goldsmith's Uncreative writing: "I am an amalgamation of many things: books I've read, movies I've seen, television shows I've watched..." or Harry Jenkins' discourse on transmedia: the channelling of narrative through "delivery platforms", the construct substantiated through this appropriation by secondary sources. Hierarchies of the authentic and the appropriated, the primary and the secondary are upturned in Page's works; he describes his visual language as a "reluctance to re-assign the primary reference" as the context in which he first encountered certain fragments of culture take precedence. For example, Delacroix's The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople appears in one of Page's hyper-realistic drawings on the cover of an album by the British death metal band Bolt Thrower; Page says "its visual language belongs to Bolt Thrower not to Delacroix's The Entry of the crusaders into Constantanople." His works become intertextual autobiographies, as well as "delivery platforms" themselves for the imagery they take up. For, if the viewers of his work are likely to recognise a painting by Delacroix, in other works Page takes imagery from video games, heavy metal music and biker culture with which his works may very well offer the first point of contact.

Page has presented work in numerous group shows across the UK, and has had two solo exhibitions, in 2014 at Edel Assanti London and again with Edel Assanti at Art Rotterdam 15 (2015). Page has been shortlisted for various awards including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, and in 1910 won the Excellence in Drawing Award with London's Dover Street Arts Club.