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Art Discussion Group - Malta

155th Meeting Artist

Paul Scerri - Ceramist

The Art Discussion Group (ADG) will be holding its 155th meeting on Monday 12th March 2018 at 19.30hrs at St. Mary Band Club, Qrendi (near parish church). Paul Scerri, professional ceramist in the artistic and industrial sectors will be meeting our members and friends to discuss his work, vision and concept. A power-point presentation of his collections will be followed by a discussion and question-time.

The presentation will focus upon Paul Scerri’s personal exhibitions ‘Running with Scissors’ held at The Splendid, Strait Street Valletta (4 – 16 December 2015) and its sequel ‘An Accidental Find’ (Iniala5 Galleries, Old Treasury Street, Valletta, Nov-Dec 2017) formidable events that were well received by the public. 

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 exhibitions one might whisper to oneself: ‘what a mad world it is’; or wonder whether the human animal is completely sane. His vision has the biting touch of Pirandello.

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. His experience of international fairs related to ceramics is invaluable to his involvement in industrial ceramics.

‘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’. (Paul Scerri)

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

21.02. 2018