Meet the artist at Il-Loggia – ‘Joe Busuttil – 50 years on’

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Meet the artist at Il-Loggia - 'Joe Busuttil – 50 years on'What is Maltese Art? Is it art produced within the geographic perimeter of the islands or does it have to do with what is produced by Maltese nationals, by adoption or descent, anywhere? An interesting case study in response to this intriguing research question is Joe Busuttil whose show ‘Joe Busuttil… 50 years on’ is currently on show at Il-Loggia, National Museum of Fine Arts.

Joe Busuttil (b.1936) is an Anglo-Maltese citizen with Maltese origins from his father’s side. He started his art training in 1961 at the City and Guilds Art School encouraged by the British artist Carel Weight (1908-1997). He later also studied painting, sculpture and printmaking under Henry Wilkinson (1921-2011). Joe specialised in printmaking at Croydon College under Dennis Masi (b.1942).

Busuttil’s works have been frequently on show at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition between 1971 and 1989 and other exhibitions in Germany, France, America, Australia and Jersey. Busuttil’s works have never been shown in Malta and do not feature in publications on artists with a Maltese connection. Busuttil’s engravings are varied but most of the ones that are on show feature London streetscapes.

You can meet the artist this coming Wednesday, the 5th of October at Il-Loggia, National Museum of Fine Arts, from 7.00 p.m. onwards.

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