Artistic Director’s note

The Heart of Creativity’ is the ethos on which Spazju Kreattiv will establish its artistic vision for the upcoming years. In my new role I have been working tirelessly with my excellent and dynamic team to provide you with the best programme forged from different activities, despite all the difficulties and challenges posed by the pandemic. In fact, the programme that we are presenting here is part of a continuous process that seeks to promote artistic excellence, a direct activity with the communities and various other groups, and international collaborations. These are the strategic principles that we will concentrate our...

Debbie Caruana Dingli

Debbie Caruana Dingli

The Husband Debbie Caruana Dingli Watercolour and charcoal. 2000. The Husband formed part of Debbie Caruana Dingli’s 2001 solo exhibition titled Games People Play. Despite its light-hearted outward appearance, the collection had consisted largely of humorous expositions of the falsity and pretences that she observed in the relationships between people. As the artist stated, “I love people-watching… either on the bus, or anywhere really”, and it is this acute sense of observation which makes her paintings so relevant. In The Husband the viewer is placed in the middle of an awkward formal gathering. The presence of three ladies at the...

James Vella Clark

James Vella Clark

Valletta View James Vella Clark Acrylic on canvas. 2003. The work Valletta View was first exhibited at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in 2003 as part of James Vella Clark’s solo exhibition Passion in the Village. The artist drew his inspiration from Maltese Villages and townscapes. This piece shows the silhouettes of the Carmelite Church dome to the right and the St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Spire to the left. These architectural features dominate above an array of abstracted buildings which are rendered in various shades of cool colours juxtaposed against warmer shades of brown. This view is immediately...

He Ping

He Ping

Persistence of Form He Ping Chinese ink on Chinese rice paper, set on canvas. 72cm x 72cm. 2016. He Ping is a Chinese artist, born in Shanghai. His works take their inspiration from traditional calligraphy and modern expressionism to produce flowing, lyrical paintings. Though calligraphy lays the foundation for this pattern creation, his artworks move away from the formal traditional writing towards minimalism and abstraction. Ping’s abstraction is rooted in the spiritualism and dynamics of life, nature and mankind. Each brush stroke is animated with bold colours against a white background radiating with light and dynamism. Ping himself stated: ‘It...

Graham Woodall

Graham Woodall

Untitled Graham Woodall Mixed media on canvas. 2007. Graham Woodall was a professional artist and teacher who worked in the UK and Malta. His Untitled artwork came into the Fondazzjoni Kreattività Art Collection in 2007 following his solo exhibition titled Besieged. Whilst Woodall’s subject matter ranged from landscapes, portraits, figurative compositions and 3D structures the artwork Untitled is purely abstract. Untitled is comprised of paint and mixed media which when applied to the canvas rendered a low relief. The exhibition Besieged was in the artist’s own words: ‘a reflective collection of artwork, based on first-hand observations and drawings around Malta’....

Bridget McCrum

Bridget McCrum

Untitled Bridget McCrum Silk screen print. 2002. Bridget McCrum’s sculptures and drawings span the gap between figurative work and abstraction. In this Untitled piece there is a delicate balance between geometry and abstracted birds creating a fusion of content with form and with the medium. This work formed part of an exhibition of bronzes, pastels, drawings and photographs exhibited in the main hall of St James Cavalier in 2002. ‘Untitled’ may be compared to the work of the futurists such as Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla and significantly Constantin Brancusi. However, whilst the futurists were concerned with the celebration of technology,...

Kirsten Jeffcoat

Kirsten Jeffcoat

Pilbara Rock Mosaic Kirsten Jeffcoat Silk painting. Kirsten Jeffcoat’s work ‘Pilbara Rock Mosaic’ was created after her previous collaboration with the Ngarluma Aboriginal people who are the original inhabitants of the coastal areas in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In 1994 she completed 76 works from her 12 month stay in the Pilbara region and created an exhibition titled ‘Taking the Pilbara to Paris’. The rock art found in the Pilbara region is sacred for Aboriginal people and its traditional custodians the Ngarluma-Yindjibarndi, the Yaburara-Mardudhunera and the Woon-goo-tt-oo. Juhurrpa (“The Dreamtime” or “The Dreaming”) is a religion grounded in...

Moira Zahra

Moira Zahra

Weekend with Grandma Moira Zahra Watercolour and ink 55.5cm x 73.5cm. Xebgħa Nies (loosely translated as a throng of people) was the title of the 2014 collective exhibition wherein Moira Zahra first exhibited her work ‘Weekend with Grandma’. The recurring theme of the exhibition was people. Weekend with Grandma playfully depicts four women by the pool illustrated in an almost caricature like fashion. The familiar scene is given a humorous rendition as instead of a toddler in her arms, the central figure holds an ant with the same level of affection one would extend to a child. Her lean and...

Christopher Saliba

Christopher Saliba

Aħmar Christopher Saliba Mixed media on Canvas. 2006. Aħmar formed part of a series of abstract works created by Christopher Saliba for the 2006 exhibition ‘Of Time and Timelessness’. These works were considered by the artist as a personal interpretation of the way memories and emotions are evoked by light, space, texture and colour. “I paint energy and essence and my work is about time. I interpret memory by fragmenting my canvas into geometrical shapes, each of which is treated as an individual experience or memory in time.” Saliba lays down layers of colour on his canvasses representing the passage...

Mark Sagona

Mark Sagona

The Darkened Path Mark Sagona Mixed media on Canvas. 70 x 100 cm. 2004. ‘The Darkened Path’, formed part of the ‘Manifesting the Soul’ exhibition held at St James Centre for Creativity in 2004. This was Sagona’s third solo exhibition and brought together around forty abstract works created between 2003 and 2004. All figures and landscapes which were the subject of his previous works, are now removed to make way for pure abstraction manifested from the artist’s own meditations on life. The series placed particular emphasis on the spiritual thoughts on God and notions of destiny, sacrifice and pure energy....

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