FB gallery is proud to present Prince Michael’s Neverland: The Measure of an Artist. Michael Anthony Pegues’ Neverland is a culmination of the struggle, passion and rise of a man fully aware of his unique aesthetic. His colorful, intuitive and 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. 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 shown nationally with an eye fixed on fame—his equivalent to credibility. However, Pegue’s first large scale solo show in New York will honor his roots in the long tradition of the self-made, struggling artist. The Measure of an Artist will expose the most intimate perceptions of the artist’s self through paintings and multimedia depictions.
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 Gingerbread Man; Michael Anthony’s work proves that regardless of name or circumstance, he has survived and 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