Exhibition by Gozitan artist George Scicluna: Memories of Gozo
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This coming Saturday, an exhibition by Gozitan artist George Scicluna will be inaugurated at the Exhibition Hall of the Ministry for Gozo, St Francis Square, Victoria. Memories of Gozo
In his latest exhibition – `Memories of Gozo,' he has created vast panoramic scenarios in fitful flashes and splashes, convulsive autobiographic snapshots of great immediacy, vigour and grandeur: a vision both impressive and expressive.
With great freedom he seems to tear pages from his sketch books and collates them on a large surface to achieve a monumental spread as if clutching at life not wanting to let go. With determination and courage George faces life's vicissitudes and after deep reflection turns to action.The exhibition will be officially inaugurated by the Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, on Saturday, the 2nd of April at 7.30pm. The artworks will be introduced by Mr E.V.Borg.
The exhibition will remain open to the public until Saturday, the 23rd of April.
George Scicluna, was born in Victoria, Gozo, in 1966. At the age of 15 he won 2nd prize in a competition organised by UNESCO and in 1981 clinched 1st prize in a national school competition.
After his initial studies at the Salvatore Dimech Art School, at Targa Gap, Mosta he obtained a diploma in graphic design. Later he attended an art course at the Malta School of Art. Between 1985 and 1990 George studied under the well-known Gozitan artist Chev. Paul Camilleri Cauchi and participated in several competitions and won various prizes. He also followed courses at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia, Italy (1989; 1990).
In the 1980's he painted props and scenery for Impresa Fasano, Rome and perspectives for opera theatres in Italy. George obtained 1st prize in the National Youth Art Competition (1995) and in 1996 won first prize in a competition organised by the Brussels-based Demo-Christian Foundation Robert Schumann.
He has organised ten personal exhibitions in Gozo and in Malta and participated in 2006 in an exhibition with Peter Howson, an artist of international stature in Glasgow, Scotland. George also took part in numerous collective exhibitions locally and in other countries.
In 2011 the artist published: George Scicluna – Paintings (1985-2011) a volume of illustrated catalogue essays written by E. V. Borg that evaluate his work and career. In 2015 George participated in Art Expo in Rome.
Lately, George said that he has found great satisfaction and pleasure hewing stone and working in ceramics. He is a powerful and bold expressionist who articulates his inner conflict with conviction, power, passion and struggle.