ART: Red is the Colour – Christopher Saliba

A look across to Malta this month….

Something Gozitan

Red is the Colour is a new exhibition running at the Ta’ Mena Experience in Xewkija, Gozo until 31st December. Art writer Esther Lafferty talks to artist Christopher Saliba, about the works hanging in this intimate space and discovers that the energy the colour red brings to these pictures reflects the passion with which Saliba paints.

Red is a colour full of vitality, warmth and passion, either rarely used or relatively unexpected in landscape paintings. It is therefore a daring, challenging and surprising choice for the dominant colour in a series of Gozitan panoramas. The impact of red however is illustrated in a legendary story of two famous nineteenth century painters and rivals, Turner and Constable, whose paintings were hung alongside one another for high profile Summer Exhibition 1832 in London. Turner realised that his cool-toned seascape Helvoetsluys was over-shadowed by the neighbouring Thames scene The Opening of Waterloo…

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FAMILY: Peace to all in Banbury and Oxford

There’s a welcome respite from the festive celebrations and fairy-lights along the county’s bustling streets in Banbury Museum (until 12 January): a peaceful view of Oxford’s High Street, “one of the world’s great streets” according to the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner, as depicted in ‘the most beautiful painting of Oxford of all time’. Painted by …

ART: Esprit Barthet: a colourful life

A new exhibition of the work by Maltese Maestro Esprit Barthet, as published in today’s Sunday Times of Malta.

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Next weekend, on 16 and 17th November, an exhibition at the Cavalieri Art Hotel in St Julian’s, Esprit Barthet, 1919-1999, A Critical Appraisal, marks the centenary of the artist’s birth and offers visitors a rare opportunity to see a large collection of his work. It is the first time such a cross-section on his work has been on show. Chosen and curated by art critic EV Borg, the exhibition includes nearly 130 paintings, many of which have been borrowed from family collections and have never been shown publicly before.

While he has studied and appraised the work of many other artists throughout his career, Borg has a particular interest in Barthet. Borg was taught by Barthet as a young man at the Lyceum in Ħamrun in the early 1960s, and Barthet’s instruction and enthusiasm during these school art classes encouraged him to follow a path in art and art…

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