On September 19, 2013 Prada presented “In the Heart of the Multitude” project, a commissioned collaboration between the Italian fashion company and the street artists El Mac, Mesa and Gabriel Specter, and illustrators Jeanne Detallante and Pierre Mornet. The artists were asked to design, create and paint an environment for the Spring/Summer 14 Women’s fashion show. The location of choice was Prada’s show room at Via Fogazzaro in the heart of Milan. The specification was that the street artists engage in the themes of femininity, representation, power and multiplicity. We were especially fond of the work created by the American street artist El Mac and therefore decided to give you some info on Miles “El Mac” MacGregor.
Born in Los Angeles in 1980 to an engineer and an artist, El Mac has been creating and studying art independently since childhood. He was inspired at a young age by classic European painters such as Caravaggio, and Vermeer and Art Nouveau symbolists such as Klimt and Mucha. This was mixed with the more contemporary influences of graffiti and photorealism, as well as the Chicano & Mexican culture he grew up around.
El Mac began painting with acrylics and painting graffiti in the mid ’90s, when his primary focus became the life-like rendering of human faces and figures. He has since worked consistently toward developing his unique rendering style, which utilizes repeating contour lines reminiscent of ripples, Turing patterns and indigenous North American art. In 1999 he began to paint portraits of his friends and anonymous Mexican Laborers in public spaces throughout the American southwest, both legally and illegally. He also started painting large Technicolor aerosol interpretations of classic paintings by old European masters. This led to being commissioned in 2003 by the Groeninge Museum in Brugge, Belgium to paint his interpretations of classic Flemish Primitive paintings in the museum’s collection. He has since been commissioned to paint murals across the US, as well as in Mexico, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, South Korea, Belgium, The Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, France, Singapore, Germany, Ireland, the UK, and as was the case recently also in Italy.
For the “In the Heart of the Multitude” project, El Mac painted three women that represented the themes of femininity, power and beauty. The pieces titled “Suenos y Polvo de Estrellas” (Dreams and Stardust) were inspired by the artist Alphonse Mucha, a master of conveying the sacredness of female beauty.
Pictures retrieved from: Mac Art