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Art Discussion Group - Malta

EXHIBITION 


CIVITAS

Exhibition by Alfred M. Camilleri


Alfred Camilleri is organizing ‘CIVITAS’ a personal art exhibition with 'Valletta' as a theme. It is a very particular exhibition being held at the Malta Postal Museum and Arts Hub at 135 Archbishop Street, Valletta from 1st to 16th June 2018. The project was undertaken in the last years.


Vilhena’s Lion, Lower Barakka

Alfred M. Camilleri has for many years been interested and concerned about issues relating to our Capital City. He touches over a number of points which identify the authenticity of the city of Valletta. This is done through a wide range of genres, techniques and subject matter with a touch of personal experience and memory of one who was born and bred in the City. 



Through such works Alfred M. Camilleri makes an overall statement that Valletta deserves its rightful respect for its significance and distinction both on a national as well as on a European and international level.



Alfred M. Camilleri has for many years been interested and concerned about issues relating to our Capital City. He touches over a number of points which identify the authenticity of the city of Valletta. This is done through a wide range of genres, techniques and subject matter with a touch of personal experience and memory of one who was born and bred in the City. Through such works Alfred M. Camilleri makes an overall statement that Valletta deserves its rightful respect for its significance and distinction both on a national as well as on a European and international level.


In the process the artist reveals his love of painting, sculpture, history, architecture, and draughtsmanship and yet retains his obsession with surreal or threatening space, with solid forms and volumes. 'Umilissima' is inspired by the massive bastions that surround the city built for defence purposes: a will to form, our boldest sculpture. ‘Valletta a Celebration in Itself’ is a burst of vivid colours using the lettering of the name of the city as a structure, a monument or engineering project, as a panegyric to the city. 



Yet the most nostalgic and atmospheric are three spots in the city chosen by the artist: Vilhena’s rampant lion at the end of the ramp and stairs in front of the entrance to Lower Barakka Gardens, the metal structure and bridge behind Victoria Gate and the almost forgotten fountain part of the old abattoir behind the Archbishop’s Palace. The three sites are tackled differently and although there is a sense of reality the surreal atmosphere and mood are quite varied and innovative.


Old Fountain, part of the abattoir

Metal Bridge, Victoria Gate

This personal exhibition follows that in Feb/March 2015 when the artist participated with a number of works in a collective of ‘Contemporary Sculpture: Malta’ at Cavalieri Art Hotel. The range of genre is varied though the inspiration is always our capital city. Some of his recent creations seem more robust, more sculptural. 



The painting whether in gold or vivid colours reveal Alfred’s love of painting/sculpture that initially was a kind of social realism or better still Constructivism the work of Pevsner or a brand of the Metaphysical movement as developed by Giorgio De Chirico. 



At the time I had coined the phrase: ‘inkwiet fil-kwiet’ as his work delved into the absurdity and impenetrable vicissitudes of man and his subconscious.


Born and bred in Valletta, Alfred M. Camilleri has always maintained a close observation, a deep interest and a genuine love for his native city. This has prompted him to contribute a number of letters and articles in the press and also on social media about various issues concerning the Capital City. Educated at the Lyceum, he proceeded into technical studies at the Technical Institute and the Polytechnic while serving a Dockyard apprenticeship (1967 - 1971). He studied art under Esprit Barthet and Antoine Camiller at the Government School of Art in the late 60’s. In 1993 he graduated Bachelor of Arts at the UM. 



He is now a retired teacher after a 40 year teaching career. For Art & Design projects he has contributed to interior/poster design, illustration and murals. His technical background is auxiliary to his work. A number of his works form part of the National Collection.



E. V. Borg

27.05. 2018



Alfred M. Camilleri website: www.alfcamilleri.com

Title of Exhibition: CIVITAS

Artist: Alfred M. Camilleri

Venue: Malta Postal Museum

135, archbishop Street, Valletta

Opening hours:

Mon to Fri: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Sat: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Sun: closed

Dates: 1st to 16th June 2018