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Art Discussion Group - Malta

136th Meeting Artist

Rik Van Colen - photographer

The 136th Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Monday 29th February 2016 at 19.30hrs at MISCO OFFICES (first floor) Fino Building in Notabile Road, Mriehel. ADG is inviting Rik Van Colen (b.1965) a Belgian photographer, also a member of the Malta Photographic Society. The artist will answer questions about vision, concept and technique and discuss aspects of some of his work.

City Gate Dreams

Rik Van Colen was awarded the President's Award for the highest number of points in the recent 50th National Photographic Competition & Exhibition in December 2015 organized by the Malta Photographic Society at the Spazju Kreattiv in St. James Cavalier,Valletta.

‘City Gate Dreams’ by Rik Van Colen is quite impressive. The suffused foreground and the dreamy sky in the background create a touch of magic and mystery to the solid breach in the wall with the sensational three-legged bronze horse set on a plinth within the bastion walls. 

It could easily be transformed into a poster for a blockbuster film like ‘El Cid’ or ‘The Trojan Horse’. ‘Renzo Ex Machina’ enhances Parliament Building in the monumental lift and sharp upward angle chosen. The atmospheric light over the building sets the mood. ‘Saint, Roofs, Rigs’ is a close-up of a back view stone statue of Our Lady illuminated in high definition by mitigated light against the roofs of Cospicua and the rigs behind Corradino. The magical golden light on the statue taken at roof level and the warm artificial lights on the rigs makes this work unusual and impressive. All these images were considered winners by the judges.

Rik was born in 1965 and raised in the village of Sint-Joris in Belgium. He found love on a Maltese beach and has been living here since 1994. He works as a port equipment technician by day, a photographer and an artist...all week. He always had an interest in the arts, and even did a blue year of film school a few decades ago. Over the last few years though, photography gradually became a much needed means of expression. At first using a compact camera and then upgraded to an interchangeable lens system.

He feels that his education and inspiration are more important than the equipment. One place where he found both of those assets was the Malta Photographic Society, which he joined in 2014. The education and encouragement from that community, and many others, has led to some degree of success in national and international competitions, which culminated into winning the president's award (overall winner) at the 50th National Photographic Competition.

Saint, Roofs, Rigs

Renzo Ex Machina

Thus far he has preferred a slow photography: going somewhere at just the right time and using long exposure techniques to transmit the feeling of being there to the viewer. 

However, the future is wide open, anything is possible. Photography for him has become a way of life, a personal means of expression but also a way to find community. A community which is growing ever larger by joining other structures and encouraging others to find the beauty that photography brings to life.

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

E. V. Borg

ADG Chairman

31. 01. 2016