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Art Discussion Group - Malta

133rd Meeting Artist



Joseph Muscat & Deborah Zarb Marmara

a painter and a ceramist


The 133rd Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th November 2015 at 19.30hrs at MISCO OFFICE (first floor) in Fino Building in Notabile Road, Mriehel. ADG is inviting Joseph Muscat a painter and Deborah Zarb Marmara a ceramist. The artists will answer questions about vision, concept and technique and discuss aspects of some of their work

Joseph Muscat Joseph Muscat (b. Mosta in 1934) is blessed with a brilliant wit and a disarming sense of humour and a calm quiet and unassuming personality. His wisdom is the result of life’s experience which he has exploited to the full. He is a rare bird, quiet, unassuming, calm and gentle. 

For Joseph Muscat ‘the act of creation involves two basic tenets: that a thing of beauty is a joy forever (Keats), and that generally it is emotion recollected in tranquillity (Wordsworth). My paintings are the result of a search for beauty. The inspiration is that moment of joy when I unexpectedly come upon a beautiful sight’.


The work of Joseph Muscat intimates a surge of sublimated joy that strikes him at a sudden encounter with beauty. For the artist beauty is simplicity usually inspired by nature’s charm or some haunt or nook in our countryside or a picturesque scene during his travels abroad. 


He achieves a sense of tranquility, serenity, peace and rest by a geometric and meticulous vision tending to conceive reality as solid concrete forms, structured layers, volumetric masses and balanced spaces. The artist seeks to capture harmony and the music in nature.


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Deborah Zarb Marmara regards clay as a versatile material, messy but simple, malleable but strong. 


These contrasting and conflicting elements make clay so appealing and in tune to one’s feelings and soul. Deborah has studied ceramics for many years with leading teachers of the craft including Anna Ciavola, Julie Apap (1948-2011) and George Muscat. 


Under the latter she attended several courses in hand-building and glazing technique, an ESF course at MCAST and also a course in raku technique. 


She specializes in one-off pieces and lately is focused on mural and sculpture work. 


She has occupied the post of secretary of the Malta Raku Association an NGO that permits raku enthusiasts to learn, share, fire and exhibit their work. 


She enjoys working with youths that stimulates her creativity.

ADG invites all members and their friends and the public to enjoy meeting Joseph Muscat and Deborah Zarb Marmara who are ready to share their work and answer any query on aesthetics and technique.


E. V. BORG

ADG Chairman

09. 11. 2015