Henry Borg Barthet is an artist who describes himself as a realist and colourist
When and how did you get started?
I started quite young, watching my uncle, Esprit Barthet, in his studio which was the washroom over our flats on South Street, Valletta. I used to draw anything I saw, always waiting for comments from my uncle: these were not always positive, but he always encouraged me.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
A realist and a colourist.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
I love colour, action, love painting the sea, I am fascinated by the myriad colours that makes our sea – believe me it not always blue.
Where was your first exhibition held?
Can I go that far back? As a 12 year old I won a prize in a Child’s Art Exhibition…
Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks? If so, why?
I always fall in love with my latest painting… because it is my new-born.
What are you working on at the moment?
Action scenes from the Rolex Middle Sea Race – we had rough seas this year which makes for waves, colour, foam and action!
Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?
Cezanne, Monet, and Gauguin.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Travelling and a great restaurant.
What brought you to Malta?
I lived in Canada for 15 years, and still to this day I wonder why I came back… but still I enjoy this little rock called Malta.
What do you love about Malta?
Sun, colour and the sea.
What do you hate about Malta?
Dust, traffic and selfish people.
Favourite colour and what it means to you…
Shades of blue and green, and yellow ochre – these are the colours of Malta. I see green after the first rains, watching the sea from a boat, the warmth of our stone…
What is your favourite indulgence?
A great meal in a good restaurant.