Seven watercolourists, members of the informal group of Akkwarellisti, are currently participating in their second collective art exhibition being held in Valletta.
The group meets every month to review their paintings and exchange views on styles and techniques applicable to the watercolour medium.
George Apap, a retired art teacher with 40 years’ experience, mainly depicts countryside scenes en plein air featuring rocks, fields and the restless sea. He has had nine solo exhibitions. Apap studied at the School of Art under Harry Alden, Esprit Barthet and Carmelo Mangion.
John Caruana is a watercolour artist but would love to experiment with oils and acrylics. Caruana’s paintings primarily focus on the colours that characterise the island’s honey-coloured buildings and village scenes, something he is keen to capture as he firmly believes Malta’s natural and architectural wealth is being exploited in a selfish and irresponsible way.
Godwin Cassar, an architect and planner by profession, took up watercolours one year after his retirement. He is currently tutored by Vincent Amos and Andrew Borg in the art of watercolours and held his first solo exhibition in 2013. His landscapes, streetscapes and skylines betray a figurative manner as well as a romantic slant.
Michael Gauci, a qualified draughtsman, attended a number of workshops in watercolour painting with Debbie Caruana Dingli and John Martin Borg as well as studying life figure drawing with Madeleine Gera. His watercolour paintings are fresh and he has an eye for detail depicting mainly the local scenery.
Lino Magro studied art at the School of Art under Esprit Barthet, Harry Alden, C. Cassar and Joe L. Mallia and took drawing classes with Anthony Calleja. He has taken part in several exhibitions locally and abroad and some of his works can be found in private collections. His works exhibit an understanding of how light portrays images of the local environment and heritage.
Louis Mifsud is mostly self-taught. However, his experience as a draughtsman shows up in his portrayal of architectural subjects, which he does in great detail while paying particular attention to the play of light on the subject.
Madeleine Vella Satariano is also self-taught, though a figurative painter. With light and flowing brush strokes, she depicts many popular spots in Malta and Gozo. Her work features the beautiful blue seas that surround our Islands, conveying a feeling of calm and tranquility.
■ The exhibition is running at the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry in Valletta until December 9. It is open from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 5pm.