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Art Discussion Group - Malta


John Vic Borg


The Art Discussion Group (ADG) will be holding its 161st meeting on Monday 10th December 2018 at 19.30hrs at the ‘Ċentu Parrokkjali, 36 Idmejda St., Balzan (next to the Good Shepherd Church). John Vic Borg will be meeting our members and friends to discuss his new work. A power-point presentation of his new collection: ‘Artistic Moods’ for his next personal exhibition at the ‘Razzett tal-Markiż’, Mosta in May 2019 and a retrospective choice selection of past work will be followed by a discussion and question-time. John  Vic Borg’s name has become synonymous with a brand of an almost photographic realism bordering on the surreal.

John’s career started in earnest when he organized a personal exhibition of ‘Maltese Landscape’ in Adenau, Germany through the Mellieħa Local Council in 2003. In the last fifteen years, John being quite prolific has produced a large number of works with a constant and persistent determination and enthusiasm. 

Between 2015 and 2017 he organized a number of personal shows at various venues that include the Valletta Waterfront, La Valette VIP Club Lounge MIA, Skyparks Business Centre, Luqa, Cavalieri Art Hotel, St. Julians and at the Corinthia Hotel, Attard.

In ‘Step by Step’ a collection exhibited at the Valletta Waterfront John was obsessed by light falling on boulders, on rocks: a vibrant, blazing and at times blinding light, a saturated, strong or mitigated one but keen on its sensitive nuances that his trained sensible nature captures to create an acute sense of actuality, a surreal reality, a mood that could be magical, mysterious, enigmatic or mundane according to choice.

In ‘Brush Strokes’ at the Corinthia Hotel, Attard John changed palette choosing warm colours and a challenging subject: the human form saturated in light. Most of his works depicted girls with their pets. In reality they are portraits that seem to recall the British School of painting.

In line with such a theme is ‘Intense Emotions’ a child hugging a duck while trying to sublimate his feelings without succeeding. It is a beautiful work of great sensitivity in monochrome. ‘Retired’ is just a disused boat that has seen better times. Its dramatic lighting, the strong contrast and realism give it dynamic properties and a surreal look. ‘Lock and Chain’ is about ‘virtuoso bravura’ in realistic detail, such as knocker, bolt and a veined wood. It is characteristic of the artist’s photographic imaging in paint.

In a particular collective exhibition organized by the Malta Society of Arts in Valletta to celebrate its 150th Anniversary (2002) his painting was chosen among a large number of works by other established artists and shown at the Malta Museum of Fine Arts.

Recently John participated in the China Cultural Centre ‘Inspired in China Fine Arts Exhibition’ with works related to his visit there. A number of his paintings were acquired by private collectors in several countries and are found in collections in Australia, England, Germany, Romania, Cyprus, Morocco, Dubai, Ireland, Italy, Malta and the Vatican. John actually lives in Mellieha with his family where he enjoys days in plein air in the countryside painting a beautiful array of colour tonalities that the Maltese landscape offers.

ADG invites its members, their friends and the general public to this cultural and artistic event that would surely interest those with an inquisitive mind about art and technique.

E. V. Borg


ADG Chairman