Breathing City Life into De Vilhena

I am an artist and designer based in Malta. My work is bold and minimalistic and encompasses typography, colour and alternative realities. I work from my studio together with my side-kick Georgie, a cockapoo and spend my time flitting between commercial work and personal projects.

My last exhibition was called Two Heads and A City and was supported by the Arts Council Malta and V18. The exhibition intended to highlight that which forms our unique identity as Maltese inspite of the increasing assimilation of other influences brought on by the Europeanisation and globalisation of cultures and nations as communities become less isolated and more visible to each other. I am currently working on another solo exhibition called ‘The Catholic Itch’ which deals with the Maltese bi-polar attitude towards religion, ritual and modern anxieties.

The DeVilhena series intended to highlight a city that is very much alive and that changes character depending on the time of day as the tide of people into and out of the city ebbs and flows. Valletta is filled with colourful characters who inhabit and give life to the streets whether it be residents going about their day-to-day lives, children playing in the squares, men and women who make their living in the city or those who frequent the shops, services, churches, theatres, museums, restaurants and bars spread across Valletta. This series explores Valletta’s external landscape while capturing the spirit of it’s people through colour, composition & shadows.

1. Pleats & Bones – featuring the inlaid marble tombstones of St John’s Cathedral
2. 360 – depicts Upper Barrakka gardens & it’s iconic arches
3. Score – depicts the typical game of snooker at La Vallette Band Club in Republic Street
4. OPM – Auberge de Castille, the Prime Minister’s office
5. Break – A yacht enters the Grand Harbour, passing by the breakwater
6. Curl – statue of De Vilhena
7. Back to the future – Valletta Lift
8. Three doors down – Doors & balconies found in Valletta
9. The wet Penguin – Carnival in St George’s Square
10. Il-Fossa – the view beneath Fort St. Elmo
11. Victoria & the bicycle – Victoria Gate
12. Good Friday & George – Good Friday procession near St George’s Square.

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Breathing City Life into De Vilhena

I am an artist and designer based in Malta. My work is bold and minimalistic and encompasses typography, colour and alternative realities. I work from my studio together with my side-kick Georgie, a cockapoo and spend my time flitting between commercial work and personal projects.

 

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