Art knows no age: teacher starts to draw in his retirement
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Art knows no age: teacher starts to draw in his retirement

Malta School of Art encouraged him to develop his passion

Vincent Borg is exhibiting a series of non-painted abstract images using veneered, coloured cardboard shapes.

Vincent Borg is exhibiting a series of non-painted abstract images using veneered, coloured cardboard shapes.

A former technical drawing teacher, who only started taking art lessons when he reached retirement age, will be mounting his first exhibition tomorrow.

Vincent Borg, 70, admitted that attending the Malta School of Art helped him discover his artistic skills.

"I always had a flair for visual art,” he said. "I did some graphic works in the past but when I started getting some positive reactions by my art tutors, I realised I might have some talent.”

While working on the final project of a diploma course at the art school some years ago, he tried to develop geometric abstract images from old plans and architectural drawings of fortifications.

During the research phase, he was struck by the works of the major exponents of the Russian avant-garde movements suprematism and constructivism that marked the beginning of the 20th century.

"I discovered that there were some similarities between these works and the images I was trying to develop. Since then, my works have been mainly graphic abstract,” Mr Borg noted.

"For some reason, I feel very close to this style and feel very much at ease creating such artworks. They help me to express myself artistically. At school, I have to work on different styles but I am most fascinated by basic geometric forms, hard edges and flat colour.”

Last summer, he decided to develop a visual project of his own and did a series of non-painted abstract images using veneered, coloured cardboard shapes, a style he likes to refer to in Maltese as kartonċin interzjat.

There was a reason why Mr Borg chose to exhibit these 40 works at St Joseph Home in Santa Venera. He became attached to the place after spending some weeks doing voluntary work for the Missionary Society of St Paul’s mission in Arequipa, Peru. The Santa Venera home is run by the MSSP.

As an art student, Mr Borg is eager to see the viewers’ reactions to his works.

"I hope it will be an interesting experience for them. I believe that the exhibits compel the viewer to think,” he enthused.

As regards his future plans, Mr Borg said: "I just want to keep learning more about art and work harder to create more images.”

His works will be on display at St Joseph Home in High Road, Santa Venera, between Thursday and Tuesday (bar Saturday afternoon and Sunday).

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