Justin Falzon is an artist based in Gozo. The focus of his studies is on drawing, painting and printmaking.
How did you get started?
From an early age I used to spend a lot of time drawing. I was interested in recording the visual world with forceful mark-making. I remained interested in art all through my adolescent years, when I started attending art courses in several schools in Malta until my early twenties when I realised that I truly wanted was to be a full time artist. That is when I decided to further my studies in Italy. I studied Fine Arts at the Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute in Florence Italy.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
Describe your work in less than 10 words.
My work is generally concerned with my personal relationship and experience of death.
Where was your first exhibition held?
In Gozo, back in 2001.
How long have you been practising your art?
From ever since I can remember.
Which is your favourite from among your own artworks?
It’s very hard to choose one. But I would say one of the works from my series “Skullscapes”.
Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
There are many, but I would mention a few such as, Piero della Francesca, Francisco Goya, Horst Janssen, Anselm Kiefer, Michael Borremans, Marlene Dumas and Peter Doig.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
What are you working on at the moment?
On a serious of new paintings, and in printmaking.
Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
I prefer to wake up early in the morning and start working. In the afternoon I prepare myself for the evening art classes.
How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
Up to five good coffees a day.
Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
It all depends. There are Sundays when I am very productive and others where I’d rather dedicate time to family and friends.
Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
Yes for both.
If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
Keep on living the same life, and start an art collection.
Favourite place to holiday?
It can be anywhere interesting.