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Art Discussion Group - Malta

135th Meeting Artist

Paul Scerri - Ceramist

The 135th Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th January 2016 at 19.30hrs at MISCO OFFICE (first floor) in Fino Building in Notabile Road, Mriehel. ADG is inviting Paul Scerri (b.1959) a ceramist. The artist will answer questions about vision, concept and technique and discuss aspects of some of his work.

The presentation will focus about Paul Scerri’s personal exhibition ‘RUNNING with SCISSORS’ held at The Splendid, Strait Street Valletta (4 – 16 December 2015) and a choice of previous work. His work is a deep insight into the human psyche and man’s foibles, vicissitudes and absurd obsessions. If it were not so tragic one could laugh wholeheartedly with self and others. But the pathos the works express might suggest reflection. The key word scissors is used metaphorically and in reality the works are an extended metaphor. Exiting from the exhibition one might whisper to oneself: ‘what a mad world it is’; or wonder whether the human animal is completely sane.

His artistic career started in 1970’s. Paul was lucky enough to embark on professional training under the eminent tutorship of Chev. Esprit Barthet. He then successfully won a number of scholarships in Italy, namely at the Accademia delle Belle Arti Pietro Vanucci of Perugia. This was followed by studies at the Istituto Statale D’Arte G. Ballardini in Faenza. The latter study was the juncture where he became enraptured by the clay medium. He enhanced his knowledge in design and decoration of ceramic tiles by completing his studies in Imola. 

Paul Scerri was awarded first prize in Ceramics at the ‘Concorso Avis’ which was held in Faenza. This encapsulated his Italian experience. He returned to Malta to teach at the Art and Design Centre in Valletta. Actually, while still producing beautiful sculptures, Paul also works for one of the leading marble tile factories whose owners head-hunted him purposely to work within their industrial design department. Moreover, he is also a part-time lecturer in ceramics at the University of Malta within the Faculty of Education.

Paul Scerri excels in creating intrigue and in depicting stereotypical characters, while delicately adding notions of injustice and narcissism. His sculptures are free to individual interpretation. 

Paul Scerri clearly describes his work by stating ‘the character of my work has effectively made a full circle since, from the figurative, I moved to abstract ceramic creation and have now turned back to figurative work’.

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

E. V. Borg

ADG Chairman

04. 01. 2015