Thursday, April 25, 2013


JACQUELINE AGIUS - was born to an artistic father and his talent seems to have rubbed off on her. Drawing as a child was never a difficult task. Following oil painting classes in secondary school and several course at the Malta School of Art in Valletta, her paintings developed as the years went by. However preferring watercolours she painted away at buildings and landscapes, reflecting her ever day life and surroundings at the time. Upon the birth of her two children, painting came to a halt. It was only many years later that Jacqueline started taking pride in herself and once again, with the help of a couple of established artists, discovered that finding new ways of expressing herself through painting was very exciting indeed.

Today she finds painting outdoors very inspiring and visiting a new location always an intense experience. She held her first Personal Exhibition in November 2007. Her paintings reflect a life long fascination with the interplay of light, shadow, colour and form. The colours are vibrant and the light unmistakably that of sunny Malta. There is a sense of familiarity with them, whether these are chapels, street, country scenes, marinescapes or other places in Malta or Gozo. Above all her paintings convey an enthusiasm and delight in the world about them. Jacqueline has more recently become interested in acrylics and abstract painting.

She currently lives in Attard with her husband and their sons.
In a Gozitan Square
Maltese Alley
Balzan Church
Birgu Marina
Il-Fortizza - Sliema
Mdina Across the fields
Peace and Quiet
Reflections at Birgu Marina
Steeped in History
Village Street
Wied Ghasri

Tel:    21435134 
Mobile:  7905 9389

Tuesday, March 26, 2013



Born in Malta in 1973 and moved and moved to Gozo when she was eleven years old.   Rachel always had a keen interest in painting and attended private lessons at an early age. After finishing school she worked at her family business. She continued her interest in painting and after becoming a mother she attended more private art tution for 4 years with professional British artist Graham Gurr. Within a couple of years she began exhibiting firstly in collective exhibitions and then in August 2009 helf her first solo exhibition 'ALIVE IN COLOUR' at the Banca Giuratale - Victoria, receiving much local acclaim. A second solo exhibition was held in November 2009 at the Hotel Excelsior - Floriana while in April 2011 Rachel held her third personal exhibition 'Colours of an Island',  once again at the Banca Giuratale in Victoria - Gozo.

Rachel has established herself in a prolific way working from he studio at home. She works in a variety of media and a range of topics producing some fantasy, abstract and landscape paintings. Her personal style has been developing over a number of years and her work can sometimes be conceptual and others more impressionistic.

Xaghra Landscape
Lunzjatata after the rain
 Xaghra from Marsalforn
Citadel from Kercem
Citadel from Kercem (detail)
Fontana after the rain 
Mgarr ix-Xini
 Ta' Lourdes
 Qala Sunset

Qolla s-Safra

Sunday, March 17, 2013



KIRBY CARUANA -  "While travelling allows to view the world with our eyes photography proves how little our eyes permit us to see."

In much the same way that writers, painters and musicians seek to evoke feelings through their respective media, Kirby Caruana seeks to share captured images through her lens.

Born in Malta (1984) and spending her early childhood in New York (USA), Kirby currently lives in Gozo, the sister island of Malta. A teacher by profession with an inclination towards the arts, her passion for photography originates during one of her Carnival visits to Venice some years ago. This festival of colour has initiated her photographic journey into various corners of the world, especially throughout Europe.

Over time, she had honed her skills both in capturing the moment and enhancing it with editing techniques, Merging two of her great passions in life, travel and photography. Kirby seeks to write her travelling using compelling images that express the feeling of a time, place, its people and culture.

Kirby Caruana is a member of the Malta Photographic Society.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

PREVIEW - 2013

2013 - PREVIEW

During 2013, it is my intention to dedicate my blog 'focusonmalteseart' to lady artists, At present there is a great movement in Malta of art related circles and activities with a large number of female artists and photographers presenting serious works of art, painting, photography and crafts which in my opinion should be viewed, admired, and appreciated. 

Gabriel A. Pellegrini


Qara Hamra

t: (+356) 9945 1879 

VINCE CARUANA - Open Studio 8-9 December 2012

VINCE CARUANA - born and raised in the Maltese Islands, small but yet rich in its 7000 years of intriguing history gave Vince Caruana an appreciation for an eclectic culture from an early age. His artistic works reflects a marriage of characteristics, styles and aesthetics of the islands’ identity – the megalithic temples, the narrow meandering streets of the towns, the Renaissance cathedrals, the Baroque churches – with a contemporary sensuality.
Caruana studied art at the Malta Schools of Art, Scranton College of Arts Pennsylvania and earned a Masters in Visual Arts from the Libera Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence. He has mounted several solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous collectives both locally and abroad. Some major international collectives include Madiera International Arte Bienal (Portugal), Museo Casa da Luz (Portugal), Tempra Accademy (Connecticut, USA), Akademie Klausenhof of Hamminken (Germany), Culturel Christiane Peugeot (Paris), Galerie Adam & Eve (Paris), Loggia del Grano and the Quarter both in Florence. He has been the artist-in-residence of some major 5 star resorts on the island including Mgarr Hotel, Grand Hotel and the Kempinski San Lawrenz Resort. Currently he is the artist in residence of Maji Wine & Dine.
His winning-paintings have earned him distinctive awards namely the Malta Biennal: Tribute to CHOGM, Malta, a Special Distinction Award: Connecticut, USA, the President’s Special Award: Madiera International Arte Bienal, Portugal and the Palma D’Oro Award: Italy. Additionally, Caruana has realized some distinctive artworks comprising the Grand Hotel conference hall 6’’ x 12’’ mural, the GCAC conference hall mural 4’’ x 6’’ mural, the Ghajnsielem Civic Centre conference hall 4’’ x 11’’ mural, a set of paintings for the archives of St. Jospeh Band Club, a memento to the ex-President of Malta Dr. Edward Fenech Adami, and a memento to Alejandro Amenabar (Madrid), the director of several films.
Caruana has been recognized as the first artist to introduce lenticular artworks to the Maltese Islands with his exhibits being mounted at the Natural Museum of History at Mdina. Last year the artist carved his name in the history of church bells in Malta. He was in charge of the frontal bronze reliefs and accompanying wreaths of eight bells for the Ghajnsielem Sanctuary. This four-year long €600,000 project was founded in Cornille Havard bronze foundry, France

Open Studio Exhibition on the 8 and 9 December 2012

Along the coast line

Behind the walls

At The inlet

 Blue October

At Bay
Ta' Pinu



Empty Spaces

Safe Haven

Vibrant Hues

The City

On Guard
The Good Old Days


In Equilibrium