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Art Discussion Group - Malta

102nd Artist Meeting

Joseph Martin Risiott

The 102nd Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Thursday 26th April 2012 at 19.15hrs at MISCO OFFICE (first floor) in Fino Showrooms in Notabile Road, Mriehel. For this meeting the Society is inviting Joseph Martin Risiott a Maltese draughtsman and artist of particular works in relief made from paper pulp. E. V. Borg, the chairman of the group will introduce him to the audience and the artist will answer questions about technique, subject matter and career.

Joseph Martin Risiott (b.1949) was intrigued by aesthetics and artistic media from childhood. He enrolled at the Malta School of Art in the 60’s. There he developed skills in figurative and object drawing under Esprit Barthet (1919-99). Joseph started his professional career as a perspectives technician and draughtsman with a local leading architectural firm in the 70’s’ a niche market created during the construction boom for technical draughtsmen with technical skills and artistic talent. 

The experience gained in these initial  formative years gave him the opportunity to master certain skills of a ‘trade’ that would later influence his creative expression in perspective, composition and symmetry. He later became a designer with a prominent furniture manufacturer and with the advent of computer generated imagery, Joseph developed his skills in this field until he was engaged for the rest of his career with a leading events and exhibitions company. His responsibility was to design and  realize exhibition stands for local and foreign demand. However although he was responsible for organizing exhibitions for private and state entities his dream of  exhibiting his own art works kept eluding him until he featured in the collective ‘Novonoveart’ recently organized by the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (MSAMC). 

Since his recent retirement he has continued working with a particular paper pulp creating fascinating reliefs other than the traditional work in pen, ink and graphite. Personal and intimate experiences have deeply influenced Joseph to express works dealing with human and natural evolutionary cycles, the afterlife and the cosmos.

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

E. V. Borg

ADG Chairman