‘Akkwarel­listi’ wa­ter­colours ex­hi­bi­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ge­orge Apap, John Caru­ana God­win Cas­sar, Michael Gauci, Lino Ma­gro Louis Mif­sud Madeleine Vella Satar­i­ano

Seven wa­ter­colourists, mem­bers of the in­for­mal group of Akkwarel­listi, will be launch­ing their sec­ond col­lec­tive art ex­hi­bi­tion on 26 Novem­ber at the Cham­ber of Com­merce, Val­letta. The group meets ev­ery month to re­view their paint­ings and ex­change views on styles and tech­niques ap­pli­ca­ble to the wa­ter­colour medium.

a re­tired art teacher of 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, de­picts mainly coun­try­side scenes done plein air, fea­tur­ing rocks, fields and the rest­less sea. He has had nine solo ex­hi­bi­tions over the last 12 years, his most re­cent one be­ing ‘Van­ish­ing Val­letta’, fea­tur­ing life in Val­letta be­fore the Sec­ond World War. Ge­orge stud­ied at the School of Art un­der Harry Alden, Esprit Bar­thet and Carmelo Man­gion.

is a wa­ter­colour artist but would love to ex­per­i­ment in oils and acrylics. John loves Malta and is very pas­sion­ate about its en­vi­ron­ment. Very much con­scious of the self­ish and ir­re­spon­si­ble way Malta’s nat­u­ral and ar­chi­tec­tural wealth are be­ing ex­ploited, his paint­ings pri­mar­ily fo­cus on the colours that char­ac­terise the is­land’s hon­ey­coloured build­ings and vil­lage scenes. The con­tents of each paint­ing abound and over­flow with a nos­tal­gic qual­ity, be it a nar­row street, a way­side chapel, a fish­ing boat, a quaint build­ing or a rusted gate.

an ar­chi­tect and plan­ner by pro­fes­sion, took up wa­ter­colours one year after his re­tire­ment from the po­si­tion of Direc­tor Gen­eral of MEPA in Jan­uary 2009. He stud­ied art ini­tially at the School of Art and is cur­rently tu­tored by Vin­cent Amos and An­drew Borg in the art of wa­ter­colours. He had his first solo ex­hi­bi­tion in 2013. His land­scapes, streetscapes and sky­lines cap­ture light and shadow, shapes, forms, space, depth, dis­tance and vi­brant light in a fig­u­ra­tive man­ner, as well as giv­ing a ro­man­tic slant.

a qual­i­fied draughts­man, at­tended a num­ber of work­shops in wa­ter­colour paint­ing with Deb­bie Caru­ana Dingli and John Martin Borg. He also stud­ied life fig­ure draw­ing with Madeleine Gera. He fre­quents reg­u­larly the School of Art and he was awarded the Spe­cial Prize for progress in the art of paint­ing from the same school. His wa­ter­colour paint­ings are fresh and he has an eye for de­tail, de­pict­ing mainly the lo­cal scenery. His abil­ity to cap­ture the mood of the mo­ment can be felt in his paint­ings.

stud­ied art at the School of Art un­der Esprit Bar­thet, Harry Alden, C Cas­sar and Joe L Mal­lia and draw­ing classes un­der An­thony Calleja. He took part in sev­eral ex­hi­bi­tions both lo­cal and abroad and some of his works can be found in pri­vate col­lec­tions. Ear­lier this year he par­tic­i­pated in a col­lec­tive art ex­hi­bi­tion at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment. His works ex­hibit an un­der­stand­ing of how light por­trays im­ages of the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and her­itage.

found out that do­ing the same thing for long pe­ri­ods of time, apart from be­ing te­dious and bor­ing, has never been his cup of tea. Ev­ery now and then Louis needs to change and find new in­ter­ests. Paint­ing is the re­sult of one such change. Mostly self-taught but hav­ing worked for some time as a draughts­man, his ex­pe­ri­ence in that work shows in his por­trayal of ar­chi­tec­tural sub­jects which he does in great de­tail while pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the play of light on the sub­ject.

a self taught artist is a fig­u­ra­tive pain­ter. With light and flow­ing brush strokes, Madeleine de­picts many pop­u­lar spots in Malta and Gozo. This time with sub­tle ten­der­ness, Madeleine boasts of the beau­ti­ful blue seas that sur­round our Is­lands, con­vey­ing a feel­ing of calm and tran­quil­ity.

Ex­hi­bi­tion is at The Malta Cham­ber of Com­merce, En­ter­prise and In­dus­try, Republic Street, Val­letta, be­tween 28 Novem­ber and 9 De­cem­ber 2016. Open­ing hours: Mon­day to Fri­day, 8am to 5pm

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