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Art Discussion Group - Malta

126th Meeting Artist

Joseph Baldacchino - realist artist

The 126th Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Thursday 8th January 2014 at 19.30hrs at MISCO OFFICE (first floor) in Fino Building in Notabile Road, Mriehel. 

ADG is inviting Joseph Baldacchino a talented graphic artist, an excellent illustrator, a versatile draughtsman with a propensity for realism and naturalism with an explicit figurative vision: meticulous, precise, sharp, defined, clear, clean and clinical but articulate. He will answer questions from the floor regarding his vision, concept, and career. He will also elaborate about approach and technique.

Joseph Baldacchino loves local history, folklore and culture and obsessed for detail he documents for posterity tradition, custom and life around him. He loves nature: animals, birds, insects and flowers, fishing and the sea. He is inspired by this vast liquid element especially by all kinds of crafts and boats and waxes poetic confronted by a ‘qoxra tal-baħar’. 

He is a romantic, a lyrical dreamer and his peculiar palette reveals a sensitive and sensible poetic slant. Graphic discipline gives a tangible, concrete and realistic ‘verismo’ to his expression.

The artist regards the sea as his mentor, master and deity. With great patience and research he captures in paint the different characteristics in form and shape and dynamics of a ‘luzzu’, ‘kajjik’, ‘frejgatina’ ‘dgħajsa’ and the ‘dgħajsa tal-latini’. The latter traditional sailing craft tacks into the wind with a certain ease. 

His precision and veracity almost makes you think that he is a shipwright by profession. Joseph is a man of the sea, he likes fishing and in a biographical note he states that anything related to the sea: ‘from a small shell to the largest super-tanker’ interests him.

Joseph Baldacchino (b.1950) was born in Zejtun. His precocity in drawing decorations for festoons, banners and flags as street furniture for the main religious feasts in his home town stimulated in him a keen sense for art and drawing. 

At the age of 20 he tried to perfect his talent for drawing at the local school of art but he hardly found much encouragement. In 1967 he applied to become an apprentice at the local dockyard to qualify as a pattern maker, finally being promoted to a ‘recorder’ until he retired in 2003 after working for 36 years. He is self-taught and a selected collection will be exhibited at Cavalieri Art Hotel, St. Julians (15th January – 13th February, 2015), his first personal retrospective exhibition of about 46 works that he has produced between 1983 and 2014.

ADG invites all members and their friends and the public to enjoy meeting Joseph Baldacchino and share with him the actuality and realism of his images.

E. V. Borg

ADG Chairman

16. 12. 2014