Micallef’s self-portraits, primarily oils on French linen, are far from complimentary—an observation that’s especially intriguing when you realize that the artist himself is youthful and conventionally attractive. Instead, the paintings are vicious, and at times, vaguely terrifying. The works in “Self” range from thickly impastoed faces comprised of swirls of color—skin tones, blacks, whites, and primary colors—to aggressive black-and-white compositions depicting couples in embrace, covered with scrawling marks that appear to have been carved into the canvases. The works evoke intense emotions, from rage to love, and simultaneously through rich, lush brushstrokes, display Micallef’s keen ability to maneuver paint. While most of the works are given simple titles, like Self Portrait on Yellow (all works 2015) or Self Portrait with Horn, others, like Self Portrait (Tyrant in Red and Gray) set forth more explicitly his perspective on himself, and his larger critique of the ego-stroking “selfies” so prevalent in contemporary culture.