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Art Discussion Group - Malta

156th Artist Meeting

George Farrugia - painter and Art tutor

The Art Discussion Group (ADG) will be holding its 156th meeting on Tuesday 17th April 2018 at 19.30hrs at St. Mary Band Club, Qrendi (near parish church). George Farrugia (b.1950), a painter and art tutor will be meeting our members and friends to discuss his work, vision and concept. A power-point presentation of his collection will be followed by a discussion and question-time.

George Farrugia is presenting landscape, still life, portrait, flowers, marine work and a sample of his sculpture. Working in the traditional figurative style he focuses on realism with a touch of lyricism. In his still life he is quite impressive as his realism focuses on robust forms, strong solids, suggested volume, space or the lack of it and composition. 

The works in water colour are clear, clean, limpid and simple. Their simplicity is their strength. In landscape he uses a certain tenderness that verges on the poetical. In depicting flowers he aims to capture their beauty, fragility and delicacy.

George Farrugia’s first encounter with art was in the class of the late George Fenech at St. Joseph Secondary Technical School, Corradino in 1963. 

But circumstances held him back until in 2000 his enthusiasm and involvement could not hold him back. After attending art classes with Anna Spiteri and private tuition under Matthew Cassar (of Rabat) in 1994 he continued his studies under Eman Grima during 1996. 

Later he studied art as an external student with Scranton School, Pennsylvania and under Anton Calleja for four years prior to his first personal exhibition in 2002. Then he exhibited in 2003 with the ceramist Kenneth Grima and again in 2005, 2010 and 2015 with his art students. In October 2009 the Malta Society of Arts awarded George first prize in its 8th National Art Competition for ‘Unite’ a piece of sculpture in solid brass.

One can still discover traces of George Fenech’s style in George Farrugia’s still life and landscapes. Yet George derives his inspiration from nature’s mystery and beauty. His art is imbued with feelings, sentiments and emotions as a result of his love for nature. (

ADG invites all members and their friends and the public to enjoy meeting George Farrugia who is ready to share his work and answer any question on aesthetics and technique. The public is invited.

E. V. Borg

ADG Chairman

03. 04. 2018