Salvu Camilleri at workSalvu Camilleri at work

An exhibition of watercolour paintings by Salvu Camilleri entitled My Malta is being held at Palazzo de Piro, Mdina, until May 30.

The exhibition is a collection of landscapes and marine works, of natural wonders and of traditional, social and folkloristic scenes. It is a nostalgic look at Malta through the eyes of a man who loves living in the open, whether it is working in his fields or on the seashore at Żurrieq or Marsaxlokk.

Reflecting on the title of the exhibition, Camilleri commented: “This is the Malta I remember. Technology was a black-and-white television and a dial telephone… if you were lucky. Traffic was mainly carts and a car or van, few and far apart. Boats were hand-crafted out of wood and fishermen would manually haul them from the sea after their catch.

“Painting such subjects takes me back in time. What remains the same from the past are our blue sky, the blue sea and sun-kissed buildings.”

Art critic E. V. Borg described the artist as “a romantic at heart” and whose work “is dominated by the sky, clouds, sea and earth. His work is naturalistic and realistic with a nostalgic and lyrical touch”.

The My Malta exhibition of watercolour paintings by Salvu Camilleri is being held at Palazzo de Piro, Bastion Street, Mdina. It is open until May 30 as follows: Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 5pm, Fridays and Saturdays 9.30am to 8pm and Sundays 9.30am to 6pm. For more details, visit www.palazzodepiro.com.

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