Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Artibus 008

I don’t think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck. - Francis Bacon 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Adrian Ghenie

Lately, while I was browsing on some art sites, looking for interesting work, I came across the works of Adrian Ghenie. Just brilliant, fell in love with his work instantly. If any of you followers of this blog would like to see some more work, just have a look here http://nicodimgallery.com/artists/adrian-ghenie/

Monday, December 27, 2010

Artibus 007

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. - Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Artibus 006

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence. (Henri Matisse)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Artibus 005

What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough. Eugene Delacroix

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Live Painting Session at Gallery Pi.

On Saturday 18th December 2010, I will be holding a live painting session at Gallery Pi in Archbishop Street, Valletta. The idea behind the event is pretty simple; anyone interested in meeting me while working, ask questions, have a cup of coffee (or wine) or just hang around at the gallery is welcome to do so.  If there is a good response, we will be holding similar activities with different artists regularly, starting from January 2011.

The plan for this Saturday is this; while cleaning the small basement at the gallery during the refurbishment, I found 3 wood panels that one day used to be part of some doors, probably trap doors. They are in quite a battered shape. What i will try to do is to transform simple pieces of wood into works of art. Nothing new, but its always fun transforming everyday things into art (whatever art may mean). Media I intend to use are the wood panels, paint, old tubes of paint, and gold leaf.....and whatever tickles my fancy while working. 

Hope to see you there. 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gallery Pi Open all Day Monday 13th

After a very busy day at the gallery, we have returned home with even greater enthusiasm to pursue this new venture in art. We would like to first of all thank everyone who visited us today. For those who have not managed to make it, we will open again for another full day, between 10am and 7pm, on Monday (13th, a public holiday). During the rest of the week the gallery will be open during normal shop hours.

The gallery is in Archbishop Street, Valletta, (map here  http://www.facebook.com/l/d70f4X6P6A0-MIy3a3FTHUQsiNw;on.fb.me/ezQ763). You may also find further information here http://www.facebook.com/l/d70f4MFIH2uY8sQfpDDEPpvFkqQ;on.fb.me/gm1qcL, in our website www.gallerypi.com and in our Facebook page  http://www.facebook.com/l/d70f4wPTW8-JSYhNul4wO3P3g-w;on.fb.me/frAEjA
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In the meantime do feel free to contact us with any feedback, suggestions or queries.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gallery Pi - Now OPen

Finally the day has come. Gallery Pi is now open. For further information please visit www.gallerypi.com or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gallery-Pi/104330296304264

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Artibus 004

Art is the signature of civilizations. - Beverly Sills

Monday, December 06, 2010

L'Agape

These last few months I was quite busy with the refurbishment of a new osteria in Rabat called L'Agape. It was quite a while since I got involved in a design and refurbishment project. The last few years, I have dedicated myself to my art and my design activities were at a minimum. At first I was not sure if I would undertake the project but in reality I had no choice. 

Before refurbishment
The owners, Pierre (a good old friend) and Chris (more of a brother than anything else), had decided that I had to do the job and a 'no' from my side was not even considered. It was not an easy job but after 3 months of site work I must say that I am quite happy with the result. The feedback I got from the owners and from people visiting the place was also good. Looking back from where we started, makes me even more satisfied with what we achieved.

L'Agape
The brief of the project was quite simple; to have a relaxed atmosphere, that is welcoming, elegant but at the same time not extravagant. A place where customers enjoy a limited menu of fresh local produce where items change frequently and according to season. The location of the place, Rabat, was also an inspiration to the name, L'Agape where a number of Agape tables are found in the catacombs close by. 


The place will also be used as an art gallery which will be managed by Gallery Pi will be taking care of changing the collection of artworks adorning the walls. In the current collection one can find works by Sergio Muscat, Carlo Muscat, Gordon Pace Flores and myself. 

Anyone wishing to to book please call Chris on 79455438 or Pierre on 99869444. For more information about the place please visit their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rabat-Malta/LAgape/166673033345375

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Artibus 003

Art is not like other culture because its success is not made by its audience. The public fill concert halls and cinemas every day, we read novels by the millions, and buy records by the billions. We the people, affect the making and quality of most of our culture, but not our art. - BANKSY

Friday, December 03, 2010

Exhibition - Paintings & Sculptures

Rabat-Mdina one of the paintings I am exhibiting 
Saturday, 4th December 2010 will see the opening of a collective exhibition of paintings and sculptures at the art..e Gallery in Gozo. The artist taking part in the exhibition are Carmel Cachia, Andrew Diacono, Victor Spiteri and myself and is being curated by  Maria Cassar owner of art..e Gallery. 

The exhibition will be open throughout the month of December for further information please visit www.artegozo.com or phone on 21557911

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Gallery Pi Open Day

Gallery Pi is a new art gallery in Valletta, aiming to bring a breath of freshness into the art world. We will be opening our doors on Saturday 11th December, and invite you to be one of the first to have a look at this new space. A few selected artists will be exhibiting their work at the gallery, including Rupert Cefai, Sergio Muscat, Keith Balzan, Pierre Portelli, Ronnie Muscat, Charlot Cassar, Alexandra Pace, Denise Scicluna, Matthew Cassar and Carlo Muscat.

We look forward to have you join us in inaugurating what is for us an exciting new venture.

For more information please visit www.gallerypi.com or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122645091132025