Spaghetti Gazetti

1st October 2010 ~ 'Renowned Pop Artist Paul Mellia to Exhibit Entire Collection & Reveal New Works'
Spaghetti Gazetti ~ 1st October 2010.

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"Icons With Attitude"


St Paul’s Gallery, Birmingham

22nd October – December 2010

'One of the art world’s most celebrated contemporary super realism pop artists is to exhibit his entire collection of work for the very first time and reveal new works with one exclusive show in the UK entitled "ICONS WITH ATTITUDE".

British artist, Les enfant terrible of the art world PAUL MELLIA, will exhibit his work at ST PAULS GALLERY in Birmingham from the 22nd October through to December. This will be FIRST time that Paul will have exhibited his entire collection and his only exhibition in the UK this year. "ICONS WITH ATTITUDE" will also feature ten new original works of art revealed for the first time, making this event a truly unique and rare experience.

PAUL MELLIA is one of the world’s fastest selling artists in today’s contemporary art scene, renowned for his distinctive 3-D interpretations of celebrated icons. Straddling the delicate line between visual art and popular culture, his work is neither illustrative, nor photographic, but stands somewhere between the two

His work has evoked a cult following and status with street and graffiti artist BANKSY, the late PRINCESS DIANA, LISA MARIE PRESLEY, the pop star SEAL, Motley Crue’s TOMMY LEE and TV chat show host JONATHAN ROSS are just a few of the celebrity collectors of Paul’s work.

Paul is also one of a select few artists in the world licensed by MARVEL COMICS to reproduce their super hero characters SPIDERMAN and the INCREDIBLE HULK, the same collection also includes CATWOMAN and THE JOKER. These along with many other characters represent some of Paul’s most popular recreations, all of which have a unique and mesmerising allure that has become Paul’s signature style. While his prints are more affordable, original works of art and proofs of Paul’s work are known to fetch five and six figure sums…

Born in 1958, Paul’s career began after graduating with a fine art degree from South End College of Art (1976-1979). His first appointment was painting frescos and 16th Century images for the Baroness De Vail in Paris. There, he lived an almost Bohemian existence, basking in the inspiration of legendary painters and sculptors such as Rubin, Picasso, Dali and Gaudi. But it was Warhol’s Pop Art that resonated the deepest, subsequently fuelling Paul to focus on what he loved most - images of Americana, gleaned from books given to him as a child. “From a very early age I was able to paint them in fine detail. I wanted to make them real and show a different side of them”

Despite his phenomenal success, Paul remains endearingly modest. His mischievous playfulness, and rough-edged directness belies a compassionate sensitivity. “I probably hide a lot of stuff’, he acknowledges, ‘and in the paintings, the truth comes out.” Over the years, Paul’s striking work has exhibited in major cities across the world, and garnered him ongoing acclaim. In Los Angeles, his debut solo show, Preview of Hollywood, sold out in the first two days of opening. Returning to the UK, Paul designed and created a life-size work of art, which surrounded a prestigious Docklands development, which was unveiled by the then Minister For The Arts, Richard Luce.

In 1998, powered by the death of his mother, he translated the emotional void into a hypnotic series of 3D Chrome Robots. The first to be painted on aluminium, they salute the vulnerability and compelling strength of women, and were featured at SEGA World in London for a number of years. The robots remain one of his most popular images among a fan base that is ever expanding.

High profile celebrities, royalty and other artists admire his work. Even the legendary street and graffiti artist BANKSY is an enthusiast. “I thought he was a pizza delivery boy” says Paul of his passing encounter in the lobby of a Brighton PR office. Quite what the Bristol boy thought of the London boy remains unknown, but BANKSY was unequivocal about the art – becoming the proud owner of an Incredible Hulk Artist Proof. Such is the demand for his art, Paul is already pre-selling his work before the Icons show opens on 22nd October with future exhibitions to be held in Berlin, St Petersburg, Monte-Carlo and Los Angeles.

Commenting ahead of the forthcoming exhibition ST PAUL’S GALLERY co-curators NEIL ROBINSON & SYMON BLAND said: “We are delighted and very privileged to have been chosen by Paul as the only art gallery in the country to exhibit his entire collection and new works of art. Paul is without doubt one of the British art world’s most treasured talents and rightfully belongs in the same company of other art world luminaries such as Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Gilbert & George and the late Andy Warhol. His unique interpretations and popular subjects of realism, superheroes and Hollywood stars are profound, exciting and iconic.”

Asked about what could be expected from the forthcoming ICONS WITH ATTITUDE exhibition, they added; “Paul will reveal some new originals, and present works from all of his various collections: Sexy Girls, Chrome Robots, Iconic Cartoons, Superheroes, Hollywood Greats, and American Classic Cars. Its a rare and privileged gathering of fantastic works, assured to satisfy the desire of collectors, fans and art lovers alike.”

Paul’s forthcoming Exhibition at St Paul’s Gallery in Birmingham opens on 22nd October 2010 and due to public and media demand has now been extended to continue until December 2010.'

Editor of Spaghetti Gazetti