137th Meeting Artist
Memories of Gozo
by George Scicluna
He is a powerful and bold expressionist who articulates his inner conflict with conviction, power, passion and struggle. In this his latest exhibition: Memories of Gozo he has created vast panoramic scenarios packed with figures, human and real in an orgy of movement as perceived by a visionary and mystic.
His expression is in fitful flashes and splashes of splendid moments, of indecision, of joy and nostalgia, of sadness and melancholy, of difficult and tragic instances.
An autobiography sketched graphically and stained with colour – sketches torn out from a notebook and turned into a collage, a tapestry or arras to document for posterity his life, his experiences, feelings, emotions and sentiments.
They are large altarpieces with altarpieces included as props in vast spaces in receding perspectives or projected outside the picture space. With determination and courage George faces life’s vicissitudes and after deep reflection turns to action.
George Scicluna was born in Victoria, Gozo, Malta. At the age of 15 he won 2nd prize in a competition organized by UNESCO and in 1981 clinched 1st prize in a national school competition. After his initial studies at the Salvatore Dimech Art School, at Targa Gap, Mosta he obtained a diploma in graphic design.
Later he attended an art course at the Malta School of Art. Between 1985 and 1990 George studied under the well-known Gozitan artist Chev. Paul Camilleri Cauchi and participated in several competitions and won various prizes.
He also followed courses at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia, Italy (1989; 1990). In the 1980’s he painted props and scenery for Impresa Fasano, Rome and perspectives for opera theatres in Italy.
George obtained 1st prize in the National Youth Art Competition (1995) and in 1996 won first prize in a competition organised by the Brussels-based Demo-Christian Foundation Robert Schumann.
He organized ten personal exhibitions in Gozo and in Malta and participated in 2006 in an exhibition with Peter Howson, an artist of international stature in Glasgow, Scotland.
George also took part in numerous collective exhibitions locally and in other countries. In 2011 the artist published: George Scicluna – Paintings (1985-2011) a volume of illustrated catalogue essays written by E. V. Borg that evaluate his work and career.
In 2015 George participated in Art Expo in Rome. Lately he has found great satisfaction and pleasure hewing stone and working in ceramics.
ADG invites all members and their friends and the public to enjoy meeting George Scicluna who is ready to share his work and answer any question on aesthetics and technique.
E. V. Borg
09. 03. 2016