‘Where has our in­no­cence gone?’

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

“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

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