Last year I was approached by Arkadia Foodstores, a local chain of supermarkets, to design their shopping bag. Both daunted and thrilled, I embarked on this assignment with a great sense of responsibility but also with a sense of fun! I presented the client two original ink drawings, each emphasising fresh and local produce as well as Maltese elements. My aim throughout this project was not only to make my client's bag stand out amongst its competitors, but also make buyers, both male and female, feel proud to be seen with! View
Very excited to launch my new Mug Collection which is entirely inspired by old Maltese cement tiles. Old Maltese patterned tiles have long been a fascination of mine. I depicted some of these in a number of ink drawings where I tried to be as faithful as possible to the original colours. However, for my mug collection, I decided to break away from tradition and give a modern twist to these patterns, hoping to revive an appreciation for something so old that could be so new! The Collection was launched at the Malta Artisan Spring Fair held at the Phoenicia Hotel and the Mugs were an instant hit! View
I was asked by Heritage Malta to be one of the participating artists in their collective 'In the Sign of the Cross: Redemption and Inspiration', an exhibition focusing on the Crucifix theme, held over the Easter period. This temporary display focused on the representation of the cross and its popular cult in the last century with a representative sample of modern and contemporary artworks. View
JANUARY ~ NOVEMBER 2012
Throughout most of 2012, I worked endless hours in preparation of my solo exhibition GLIMPSES which was held at the end of the year at Capotavola Restaurant in Marsascala, Malta. I prepared a collection of 22 original ink drawings as well as all the relevant printed matter such as invites, brochures and posters. A hearfelt thank you goes to Ms Bernadine Scicluna who wrote the critique for my exhibition catalogue and also delivered the official opening speech. Special thanks also to my sponsors: KeyProjects Turnkey Contractors, Digigraphics, Gemelli Framing and Five Star Printers. View
NOVEMBER ~ DECEMBER 2011
Was kept very busy by Valletta Cruise Port and the lovely Ms Rene Cummings (Business Development Manager) and her friendly team! VCP requested to have 11 of my artworks enlarged (approx to 1.5m in height) to be hung up at Magazino Hall ~ which is one of the halls used as a passenger terminal and is also an events hall View. I was the artist chosen by VCP to depict the 4 differently coloured doors at the Valletta Waterfront View. These were then reproduced into prints and handed out to clients during VCP's 10th Anniversary reception. A set of larger framed prints were also presented to the Prime Minister of Malta. More of my Malta prints were also sent to VCP's clients throughout Europe and the USA. In the beginning of December, I took part in the Christmas edition of the Artisan Market held at the prestigious Phoenicia Hotel in Malta. On the 13th of the same month I held a one-day event at the Magazino Hall whereby people were invited to view the enlarged permanent display of my works (the hall is not usually open to the general public) and also see a selected collection of originals, out of which 3 pieces were sold. Two of these pieces are now in Portugal View The Mdina Gallery in Mdina was added to my selected list of stockists.
AUGUST ~ OCTOBER 2011
After a few lazy days in the beginning of August, I went back to work on new pieces and also participated at the 2nd Artisan Market in Senglea (Malta), at Notte Bianca in Valletta (Malta) and at yet another Artisan Market in October at Kalkara (Malta). I was also commissioned a new tango piece as wedding present, where I used the same tiles featured on the piece as those in the house of the newly-weds View
Apart from working on new ink drawings, I was also busy interviewing students for the President's Award for Creativity 2011, for which I was nominated as one of the evaluators.
JANUARY ~ JUNE 2011
Throughout the first half of 2011, I kept myself very busy at my drawing board, launched my first set of canvas prints View and worked on a piece commissioned by the President of the Zebbug Band Club View. I also took part in the first Artisan Market held in Vittoriosa (Malta) which was a great success! And I also added more outlets to my list of stockists.
NOVEMBER ~ DECEMBER 2010
Very busy and exciting months! I was invited by Heritage Malta to participate at the 'Destination Art 2010' event held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, Malta, for which I also came up with the concept and design of the event's poster View. I was showing my ink techniques and meeting people who wished to know more about my art and artworks, some of which were exhibited in the Contemporary Hall View. In the beginning of December, I flew to Oman as one of the participating artists chosen to paint a life-size fibreglass oryx as part of the Oryx Caravan Oman public art project. What an honour! It was such a wonderful and enriching experience that will forever be etched in my memory. View work in progress. View the finished piece...and notice the jewellery on the oryx's forehead! The 40 painted oryxes are touring Muscat and will be displayed at the Muscat Festival in January 2011.
SEPTEMBER ~ OCTOBER 2010
Worked on more ink drawings with a Maltese theme. Also submitted my design to the Oman Oryx Caravan 2010 public art project which is being inaugurated in Muscat, Oman, this December, as part of the festivities marking the Sultanate's 40th National Day. Only 10 of the 40 artists chosen for this project will be international! During this time I also launched my 2011 Calendar Cards that feature 2 new designs with a Middle Eastern theme. As usual, no expense has been spared to ensure a high-quality product. View
JUNE ~ AUGUST 2010
Not all of my plans worked out this Summer! But I did manage to finish a couple of new pieces and also started preparing some work on a larger scale. In the meantime, the printing on the book 'The Traditional Women's Dress of Oman' which I worked on earlier in the year, was progressing...here are some spreads View
Launched my new collection of 6 Art Cards that feature the reproduction of my Malta-inspired series of ink drawings.View On the back of the cards is an explanation on the subject depicted on the front, which gives more insight into the life and culture of Malta. The cards are individually wrapped in cellophane and printed on high quality paper. Each card measures 21cm height by 10cm base. Available through selected outlets and by contacting me directly. The Art Cards are also available mounted and framed, either individually, as a set of three or as a collection of 6. View
Getting my pieces for the 'Tektika Tango' collective later on this month ready and framed! The exhibition will be held at The Phoenicia Hotel, Malta. Launched my new Limited Edition print 'Joyful Gathering' View, which depicts a group of Omani men and women in celebration. It is available through selected outlets or by contacting me directly.
FEBRUARY ~ MARCH 2010
After a short visit in Dubai, I spent 7 weeks working on the design concept, the layout and illustrations for the first book ever to be published on 'The Traditional Women's Dress of Oman', written by Julia M. Stehlin-AlZadjali. An intense and very interesting project which gave me even more insight about the tradtional dress of Omani women - a subject that has greatly inspired me and influenced my work! The book is at the moment at the printers....so looking forward to see the end product!
Annother busy month, in which I completed the 3 pieces for the collective art exhibition 'Tektika Tango' held in April 2010. View
NOVEMBER ~ DECEMBER 2009
Been busy!!! I started working on a collection of ink drawings depicting themes with a Maltese theme. Launched Limited Edition Giclee Prints/150 of the piece 'Mgarr, Gozo', and started working on new pieces for a collective titled 'Tektika Tango' in May 2010, in which I will be participating! Am very looking forward to all the colours that 2010 will be offering!
AUGUST ~ OCTOBER 2009
During this time I worked on four new pieces with a Middle Eastern theme, two of which I specifically selected to feature on my new 2010 Calendar Cards concept. The cards, which either feature 'Al Majmar' (The Incense Burner) or 'The Bedouin and his Camel' on the front, have a calendar on the inside front, perforated on the side so that it can easily be torn off to be used and/or framed. No expense has been spared to ensure a high-quality product: the cards are printed on premium quality Italian recycled paper with matching envelopes and neatly wrapped with a paper band. The images are UV varnished. The calendar cards are sold through selected outlets and representatives in Oman, Dubai, Malta and Australia, or by contacting me directly. View
APRIL ~ JULY 2009
Worked on the redesign of my website. My site now has a totally different look from the one I designed and launched in 2004, and includes more work, new sections and the latest information. A big thank you to all who contributed with their input, support and advice! Special thank you to Gege Gatt for my profile photo and product photography.
Participated in a collective exhibition entitled SQUARE held at gallery No.68 in Valletta, Malta, with two new pieces: Deep in Greens and Field of Greens. Was good to be back on the Maltese art scene since my solo exhibition in 2004. Worked on a piece commissioned by a German/Maltese couple to feature on their wedding invitation, which I also designed. Hope I have brought them lots of luck! View