‘Where has our innocence gone?’
“Watercolours’ by Paul Caruana recall an age of innocence which we seem to have lost. These works make you look twice at them because they are imbued with vibrant poetry. The more you look at them, the greater the pleasure you get as you recall childhood memories. Where has our innocence gone?”
This is how President Emeritus Ugo Mifsud Bonnici defined the 20 watercolours by Caruana while inaugurating the artist’s current exhibition at Palazzo De Piro in Mdina. The display titled Ħrejjef ta’ Veru/Telltales will run until 31October. Viewing times are 9.30am-5pm Mondays to Fridays and 930am-8pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Caruana’s works reward humanity in the simplicity of the lives of the down to earth characters that the artist brings back to life. “These works make us forget our day-to-day preocuppations and as such are a balm to behold. Why have we lost our innocence?” Dr Mifsud Bonnici said.
Asked to comment about Dr Mifsud Bonnici’s speech, Caru- ana said that those words reminded him of a quote by Hollywood star Sean Penn: ‘We’ve let the blade of our innocence dull over time. It’s only in innocence that you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage’.
Dr Mifsud Bonnici who was accompanied by his wife Ġemma was presented with a watercolour by Caruana and his wife Catherine.
Two of the 20 watercolours by Paul Caruana being exhibited until October 31 at Palazzo De Piro in Mdina. Photo: Joanna Caruana