The Galerie Da-End is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in France by German painter Mike MacKeldey, titled La manie d’abruti (“The moron-mania”).
Born in 1973 in Frankfurt-am-Main, MacKeldey renews the genre of portrait painting with audace. Far from trying to produce bland or idealized artworks, he shoves tradition thanks to material-loaded pictorial gestures. Multiplying interventions on the canvas, he brushes and alters his meticulously painted first image, before placing several writings on top of it – brusque and immediate ones, reminiscent of graffitis or children’s drawings. This play of contrast, which is his trademark, seems to translate a sort of detachment from Painting itself, and offers multiple interpretation grids to the viewer.