'It Must Be Love' by Javier Calleja, 2023
Rare original promo card from the artist's collab. with whimsical fashion designer Mira Mikati.
My Lalaland Limited - Mira Mikati's Happy House, London, UK.
8.2 x 5.8 Inches
21 x 14.7 Centimeters
Offset lithograph on 290gsm archival fine art paper.
Open Edition (Sold Out).
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New in very good - excellent original condition.
ABOUT THE ART
After connecting over lockdown, Mira Mikati teamed up with Spanish artist Javier Calleja to bring us some much-needed post-Covid joy. From their new friendship comes a shared whimsical aesthetic and a playful nostalgia that brings humour and colour to your wardrobe. You can also expect the wide-eyed characters Javier has become known for and our love for slogans displayed across coats, knitwear, shirts and T-shirts.
Javier Calleja rose to art world prominence thanks to his instantly recognizable figurative works, which often feature squat, wide-eyed characters with exaggerated proportions. The Spanish artist’s practice spans painting, sculpture, and works on paper, as well as an array of editioned work and merchandise. Calleja has shown at galleries in Madrid, Barcelona, New York, Paris, and Hong Kong, among other major cities. A number of public collections throughout Spain have acquired his work.
In March 2021, Calleja’s secondary-market record broke US$1 million for the first time, when his 2019 painting Waiting for a While sold for HK$8.8 million (US$1.1 million). Though he draws on personal experience and childhood memories to create his iconic characters, Calleja prefers not to explain his work, instead letting the observer “finish” the work with their own interpretations.