Exhibition in Malta by Gozitan artist George Scicluna
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‘George Scicluna – Paintings’ is the tile of a vast retrospective exhibition of the works by George Scicluna organised by the Art Discussion Group (ADG) and curated by E. V. Borg. Mr. Mark Vella of Valletta Fund Management will inaugurate this artistic and cultural event at Palazzo de La Salle, the premises of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce on Thursday, the 24th of November 2011 at 7.30pm. The exhibition will be open to the public between Friday, 25th of November and Friday, the 23rd of December.
“His expression is a journey of a soul in torment, a confession of a spiritual struggle, a factual account of a mental crisis that is both psychic and tangibly physical. The frenzied but vivid images are a scanning of the artist’s brain as good and evil struggle fiecely for supremacy in a bipolar stance. It is a feverish struggle fought to the bitter end. We witness the struggle evolving blow by blow and we are captured by its intensity. The conflict is fought with passion, verve and emotion. Although autobiographical the work has a universal and cosmic dimension.” (Borg, E. V. 2002)
This “blow by blow” account is featured in a lavishly illustrated 104 page catalogue to be launched during the actual inauguration of the exhibition. In the introduction to the catalogue George Scicluna writes, “Charms of Gozo (Ch.1) depicts the environment in which I was brought up and cared for. At the outset this book shows my studio with a still life and the palette I characteristically use, against an open, curtained window with the background of the Citadel, Gozo. These are the paintings that I produced at my mother’s house where I lived with my grandmother and family. One finds pictures illustrating particular characters who lived in the neighbourhood, in a purely Gozitan environment that I very much cherish as a Gozitan artist. There is my mother caring for my grandmother on a bed covered with a blanket of sheeps’ wool and the street where I lived with the cats of the neighbourhood, streetscapes with corner statutes and a primitve fountain.”
The publication collates the critique E. V. Borg wrote for each exhibition George Scicluna held from 1985 to 2011 including a selection of recent abstracts that closes this account. The publication features most of the works exhibited in the exhibition. Beside the soft bound publication, a limited edition of a 100 hard bound copies will also be available.
The exhibition is sponsored by Valletta Fund Management, Marsovin and the Art Discussion Group (ADG).
Photo by Gordon Wilkinson .