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Art Discussion Group - Malta

103rd Artist Meeting


The 103rd Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th May 2012 at 19.15hrs at MISCO OFFICE (first floor) in Fino Showrooms in Notabile Road, Mriehel.

For this meeting the Society is inviting Prof. Luciano Schifano (1943- ) from Florence well known for his brilliant colours and stylised line who is exhibiting  at  Palazzo de La Salle the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce premises in 219 Republic Street, Valletta. 

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Judge Joseph A. Filetti the President of the Society on Thursday 31st May 2012. 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 after projecting on screen a sample of his works.

 The simplicity, the spontaneous immediacy, the primitive richness turns his art into sympathetic magic. His expression is not direct experience (he does not paint what he sees) but accumulated experience synthesised through memory into a ‘conceptual’ realism. His luminous and brilliant colours and expressive line are conceptual rather than physical yet so tangible and real. 

He reduces forms to their common denominator, to basic geometric shapes that are not beautiful relatively but absolutely. Thus his drawing is stylised and flat, figurative and abstract, symbolic but legible, simple but elaborate.

His art is therapy. It is positive and optimistic; it is composed and balanced. It is music. It is poetry. It evokes the simple pleasures of  life:  a dewdrop on a red rose, a cool breeze near the sea, the peace and tranquillity of open country at sunrise or sunset, a dark sky spangled with shining stars, water gurgling among the rocks. His painting is about nature, man and landscape. He gets excited by painting sky, clouds and birds; land, fields and flowers; sea, fish and shells. A newly ploughed field is a marvel to the man.

The primitive simplicity and the wisdom of ages that the art of Luciano Schifano evokes often earns him the epithet of shaman, bard, jongleur. He sings blissfully in the wide blue sky like a lark. With the brushes of the ‘divine mystic’ (i pennelli del magico divino) he mesmerises and sooths with his hypnotic expression like a snake charmer does on his pipe. Luciano is Mediterranean and like Virgil in his ‘Bucolics’ sings of the  green emerald lizard basking in the Sicilian sun.

Luciano Schifano was commissioned four stained glass windows for the crypt under the main altar of Santa Croce church in Florence in 1995 and produced a wonderful fountain in ceramics and crystals in 2000 actually being relocated from the Museo del Duomo di Padova to the Palazzo du Gustizia in the same city. The Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce is publishing a prestigious catalogue (112pages) about his work and exhibition to be launched at the inauguration.

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