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Art Discussion Group - Malta

165th Meeting Artist


Andrew Borg



The Art Discussion Group (ADG) will be holding its 165th meeting on Thursday 25th April 2019 at 19.30hrs at the ‘Ċentru Parrokkjali’, 36 Idmejda St., Balzan (next to the Good Shepherd Church). The ADG has chosen Andrew Borg as their invited guest for the month of April since the artist is actually taking part in ‘Inspired in China’ now running at Cavalieri Art Hotel and soon to be transferred on May 31st to SkyParks Business Centre, MIA. Andrew has recently organized an exhibition titled ‘64’ at camilleriparismode, in Rabat (April 2018) intelligently transforming his vision and concept into an intellectual expression with a high doze of suggestion and a spate of recent surreal works.


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When I asked him if he had any idea how to make the meeting interesting, he replied on email: ‘Maybe I can take the audience through the process of how I embed coding in my paintings, i.e. how I inject a particular meaning in an image whilst making them look ‘good’ and above all remain truthful to what I have in mind’ Andrew will also take the audience through the works of his last solo exhibition ‘64’ held last year which also contain images with high meaning content. He will also explain the approach of selecting otherwise mundane subjects and glorifying them through minimalization, and sometimes drama, in a painting.


The presentation will include a choice of works from those being presented in ‘Inspired in China’ and recent new creations that are quite surprising in contrast with his previous experiments on space and light though the latter element is exploited further.

His paintings are executed en plein-air or in the studio. Location does not seem that important as he is interested in conveying a detail or part to transform reality into an impression and the impression into an abstract concept that at times reaches surreal proportions. 



His recent works are highly surreal and haunting. He uses the traditional painting technique to produce contemporary concepts. The brush strokes are expressionistic and vigorous in contrast to large spaces or ‘larghezza’ in soft films of paint applied thinly but evenly. He loves texture, shapes and exploiting space. At times only a small proportion of what the eye sees is presented to suggest rather than evoke resemblance to the scene thus stimulating in the viewer fantasy and imagination. His work might be called minimalist.



His paintings are executed en plein-air or in the studio. Location does not seem that important as he is interested in conveying a detail or part to transform reality into an impression and the impression into an abstract concept that at times reaches surreal proportions. His recent works are highly surreal and haunting. 



He uses the traditional painting technique to produce contemporary concepts. The brush strokes are expressionistic and vigorous in contrast to large spaces or ‘larghezza’ in soft films of paint applied thinly but evenly. He loves texture, shapes and exploiting space. At times only a small proportion of what the eye sees is presented to suggest rather than evoke resemblance to the scene thus stimulating in the viewer fantasy and imagination. His work might be called minimalist.



Some of his most recent paintings deserve study. A shaft of light on a red sofa seems an echo of the American Edward Hopper fusing realism to surrealism, a fierce horned bull with glistening flaming horns, a monotonous high rise wall with windows cut on a stencil, lit candles with flickering wicks in a red fog and the ghostly face of a woman and the lit rim of her mobile a kind of taste of black magic. Intriguing and fascinating.

Wandering Wind

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Andrew Borg will answer questions from the floor regarding his vision, concept, approach and technique. He will also elaborate about highlights in his career and particular works that gave him great satisfaction. (www.andrewborg.com)


www.adgmalta.webs.com

EV Borg 

ADG Chairman 

14.04.2019