Divergence: Gozo exhibition by James Vella Clark
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A new exhibition of fifteen paintings by expressionist painter James Vella Clark is being exhibited at Lazuli Art Gallery in Victoria Gozo. The exhibition themed Divergence, has its official opening today, Friday, the 3rd of March and will be open to the public from the 4th till the 25th of March.
This is James Vella Clark’s first exhibition since his last solo show in 2012. It is also his second exhibition in Gozo since 2009.
Through this collection of works, the artist is showing how his landscapes are constantly assuming a more abstract dimension. The earliest piece in this collection is from 2008 and features Xwejni Bay in Gozo with the latest works completed over these past weeks.
“I chose the theme “Divergence” because of the way I am consciously moving away from my earlier style and way of interpreting the landscape, to a more minimalist expression. I look at my artistic career as a constant journey of discovery and personal evolution. However, my roots remain firmly set in the Mediterranean colours, the symbolic cypress and palm trees, the village skylines and the perennial church domes dominating the landscape,” says the artist.
Charlotte Lombard, owner and curator of Lazuli Art Gallery said, “James is one of the first artists I discovered when I moved to Malta years ago. The quality of his work struck me immediately. His very personal and contemporary approach to capturing the local landscape, his palette of vibrant contrasts and light, and his interpretation of detail, resonate with me and my perception of the Mediterranean architecture and environment.”
“I value the fact that his art is permanently in movement, searching, exploring and evolving towards the abstract. And I am delighted that he has accepted my invitation to be the first Maltese artist to show his work at Lazuli Art gallery,” she added.