Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Big Difference in a Small World

The Lien Foundation, a philanthropic organisation based in Singapore has just published a study titled 'Big Difference in a Small World'. 
"This study aims to determine the factors contributing to early childhood educators’ career satisfaction and retention. A survey of 387 early childhood educators from 128 local child care centres and kindergartens was conducted. The researchers examined factors such as working conditions, career motivations, work experience, management and leadership, and other demographic variables and their relationships to career satisfaction and retention.

One of my paintings, Children in the Field features in this publication.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

bertoons: Politics and Satire

bertoons: Politics and Satire: This morning I was a guest on  Andrew Azzopardi's  radio program ' Ghandi Xi Nghid ', aired live on Radju Malta 93.7. The topic was Politics...

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Artibus 029

Tete Noire - Giacometti
Artistically I am still a child with a whole life ahead of me to discover and create. I want something, but I won't know what it is until I succeed in doing it. - Alberto Giacometti

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Franco Forte

Love him, hate him, think he's a curse, think he's a godsend. People might not agree how to define Franco Debono, but i think everyone agrees that for the last few months he has dominated the political agenda . Some of his critics describe him as an insubordinate maverick and his actions are the result of spite and envy. Others describe him as a man of principle fighting for what he believes in, irrespective what the consequences might be. Probably he's a mixture of both. People are far more complex than the 2D image we would like to believe they are. But what i have seen so far is that the man is following a plan, or rather, his actions are following a pattern. Let me explain; this is what happened so far....  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Someone asked me if I had some sketches of Rome and while going through heaps of sketches I found these I had done way back in 2008 when I had the exhibition at the Chiesa degli Artisti.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Folon in Me

There are occasions in life when someone says or does something that changes you; or at least they change the way you see things. Way back when I was in my late teens or early twenties, (don't remember exactly but somewhere thereabout) my father was in need of a logo, urgently (or else he would not have asked me). Anyway, after giving my father the work, a few days later he came back with a note and a book. The book was Folon's Folon. Someone had seen my work and gave my father this book and note to be passed on to me.  The note, which today has completely  faded, was a comment of encouragement, of approval, telling me that my work was reminiscent to that of Folon. I still remember how I felt the first time reading it. It gave me courage and belief in myself. Those comments and the book thought me something that I never forgot, like Folon's birdmen, never be afraid to fly. 

Folon for Amnesty International Prisoners of Conscience Year 1977

The note was signed by the talented Kevin J. Drake, someone I knew who he was but never met. This person, without knowing me, took the time to write to me and encourage me and help me find a direction. 

Today Kevin suffers from M.E. & FM (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & Fibro Myalgia) and he has something to say about it. Please read his article here and share it with your friends. 

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Joseph P. Smith featured on Black and White Photography

Maltese photographer Joseph P. Smith’s book Survivors has been featured in the international photographic magazine Black and White Photography.

The author has just published the second reprint of the book and copies are available from Agenda outlets and from the author himself and is currently working on the second volume of Survivors, "as there are more stories in Birgu waiting to see the light".

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Artibus 028

Willie Apap - Descent From The Cross - 1964

Our true divinity is in our ability to create.- Zeitgeist: Addendum

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

An Answer to Jeremy

In a recent post on his blog, ( friend and fellow artist Jeremy Ellul posed a couple of questions that I would like to answer. In a nut shell, in his post Living off Art - Daily Bread, he asks....1. if it is wise to abandon one's profession to become a full time artist, and 2. 'Would living off art affect the work i.e. creativity?'

So let's start with question 1. It all depends on how badly you want to become a full time artist. Any commitment to the profession depends only on what the artist is ready to give to it, nothing else. I for one, even though I studied art most of my life, my 'profession' was Interior Design. Studied and worked as an interior designer for nearly 15 years, having my own practice etc. But then, my love and passion towards my art took over and I took the plunge. The experience is similar to bungee jumping without the rope. Most artists shy away from the the jump for many reasons which are not necessarily related to the quality of their work. Family commitments, not being able to run a studio, lack of entrepreneurship skills, don't know from where to start, are only a few of an endless list why artists are afraid of the 'jump'. It is all about choices and personal commitments. Being a full-time artist, especially during the first few years brings with it a certain level of uncertainty that not all are ready to go through. But if you know the profession, or if you're ready to learn fast, it is doable. Artists have to remember one thing, the skills you need to be an architect or a doctor are not the same as those you need to run an architectural studio or a clinic. And it's the same thing with being an artist and running your own studio, being a good artist is not enough. 

And this leads me to question 2. 'Would living off art affect the work i.e. creativity?' I think all of us agree that to do a good job, an artist, among other things, needs to be creative. So we can easily ask the question in another way, would an artist living off art do a good job? Ask the same question to any other profession, would an architect living off architecture do a good job? or would an engineer living off engineering do a good job? Doing a good job and living off something are not necessarily related. Again, it only depends on the artist or the architect or the engineer or the electrician etc. Yet, in architecture, design, engineering, medicine, etc., the best work is nearly always done by the professionals and very rarely by an outsider. So is art, the best work is nearly always done by professional artists. Take all the great work in history as an example. Like most other things, (and maybe more) art requires time. The more time you can dedicate to it, the better your work. And another thing, in art, unlike many other professions, there is no room for mediocrity. Anyone dealing with international galleries knows what I'm saying. 

But let me ask another question, does doing what you want because you don't depend on it makes you a good artist? Would you be able to produce good art because you are not dependent on it? Again, these issues are not necessarily related. 

To be able to make a living off of your art, yes you need to be good at what you do but being a good artist  is not enough. And this is where most artists fail. To be able to make a living off your art, you either need a good manager (which are very hard to find) or you need managerial skills. There is no escaping this.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Your Opinion Needed

A few weeks ago, I posted an image on my blog and on facebook, expecting some sort of reaction that never really materialised, or it did only in part. I am working on a body of work that will ultimately be exhibited in London. Please read below and would greatly appreciate your opinion.

Standing out of the crowd - 2011 - Mixed Media

Please have a good look at the painting above. What is your reaction to it? Does it remind you of anything? If it does, how do you feel about it?


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Artibus 027

Diego Rivera from the cycle: Political Vision of the MexicanPeople (Court of Fiestas):Insurrection 1928

I don't think artists can avoid being political. Artists are the proverbial canaries in the coalmine. When we stop singing, it's a sure sign of repressive times ahead. - Theresa Bayer

Monday, January 23, 2012

"Feelings" - Elsa Romei

Feelings, an exhibition by Elsa G. Romei, at Ir-Razzett tal-Markiz, Mosta will be open from the 5th to the 19th February 2012. Opening hours from 6pm to 9pm weekdays and mornings on Sundays and feasts.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Calligraphy Lessons

Calligraphy Lessons by Dorissa Vella
contact on 99857865/21632341
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for more information please visit 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

ART COMPETITION - First-Time Solo Exhibitors

The Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce is taking the initiative to organise an ART COMPETITION to encourage FIRST-TIME SOLO EXHIBITORS in visual arts to compete and win one of the five (5) exhibition spaces beingmade available by the Society for five (5) solo exhibitors.

The competition is for persons 16 years and over who have never had a solo exhibition before who live in Malta and Gozo. Competitiors are asked to provide good quality electronic photographs of ten of their work (300 dpi) and a CV. These works cannot be copies of other works, and can be drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography. The guiding principle in making selection, among other criteria, is how original, innovative and artistically ambitious is the work.

The ten (10) electronic photographs (300dpl) and CV must be sent to the eamil address by not later than the 9th February, 2012. A jury composed of five (5) persons will view these entries and select five (5) partecipants whom shall be asked to exhibit the ten works at the Society's premises, Palazzo de La Salle between the 19th April, 2012 and 12th May, 2012.

For the purpose of this exhibition "Solo" is being defined as not having exhibited more than nine works in any single event.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Kalamita 24.05.11

Interviewed by Corazon Mizzi on 24th April 2011 on Kalamita, One TV. The Interview is in two parts, both here in this clip.