Thursday, April 26, 2007

Bla Agenda

Every Saturday evening, one of my paintings is being used as a backdrop to the Maltese TV program Bla Agenda on One TV, hosted by Norman Hamilton. Seeing my work on TV or the printed media always gives me a mixed feeling. On the one hand there is always a little bit of pride but on the other, its like exposing my most intimate feelings to the public.

this week, the following painting will be 'exposed'....
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Skyline in Green and Orange

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Coconut Orchestra

They did it! Londoners celebrating St George's Day have set a new coconut orchestra world record in Trafalgar Square...

You do not now what a coconut orchestra is? That means you never saw Monty Python's Holy Grail. How do you become a coconut orchestra player? First you need a pair of coconuts, you grab them, bang them and there you are. You think its stupid? Well, 5567 people yesterday thought otherwise!

Though i was a few thousand miles away, i was there in spirit and mind.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

33

From what I read in the news today it seems that in the USA there are 110 deaths by gunshots for every million person per year. Roughly translated that would be 33000 deaths yearly. If the same rate applied to the Maltese Islands that would mean that 44 persons are killed each year by gunshots alone, nearly one every week.

Even after events like those of yesterday, there are still people who believe that carrying a gun is a fundamental human right. Even if it is, is it that difficult to relinquish some of your right to protect the life of others? The debate will surely go on. In the meantime, at least 33 people lost their lives in vain.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Passion

When I was young, I had the opportunity to study art under various Maltese artists. One way or another, I learnt something from all of them. But I feel that two particular artists have affected me more than others, Harry Alden and Alfred Chircop. Alden taught me what painting is. It was him that installed in me the belief that an artist, has to know not only how to paint but also had to know his media; paints canvasses, materials etc. You are as good as your technique is.

Chircop infected me with something different, a virus called passion. I never heard the guy say something positive about his pupil’s work. The most we could get was “I don’t dislike!” He taught us that technique is not enough, you could teach a machine to be technically perfect but as artists we have to give something more. Technique without passion is soulless.

Passion in art is something very difficult to explain and to understand, you have to experience it. The first time I visited an exhibition of works by Chircop way back in the early nineties, I understood what he meant.

Lately I visited his latest exhibition, a collection of watercolour paintings held at the Middlesea House, Floriana. Though probably the artist is in his mid-seventies, his work is still young and fresh. The exhibition will be open till the 15th of April 2007. Not to be missed!
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Alfred Chircop - Watercolour 51x37 cm 2001