Paul’s interest in art started at a very young age. He remembers drawing at will during his school days, one such venture was that of producing a series of comic books and selling them at school. Definitely one experience that triggered his love for art is the close encounter with Michelangelo and Bernini’s masterpieces and all the Vatican treasures during his altar boy days way back in 1976. He followed a drawing and painting course at the Malta Society of Arts in 1993 and 1994. He is now taking art seriously and has been attending Madeleine Gera’s art lessons since 2010.
Paul’s preferred medium is oil followed by charcoal and pencil. Subjects include portraits, still life and landscapes. The artist is inspired by the works of Caravaggio, Rembrandt and later on Sargent. Paul is related to one of the local prolific 20th century artists Touissant Busuttil better known as Tuse’ born and lived in Zejtun and studied under Lazzaro Pisani and Caruana Dingli.
To further his studies, Paul has recently attended a 2 week workshop at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence Italy. Visit http://www.angelartschool.com/
The aim of the school founded by Maestro Michael John Angel is the dedication to the continuance of Classic Realist painting. It is the teaching method used in the Middle Ages when master painters passed on their artistic legacies to their apprentices. This method was followed and reinforced by the establishment of the Paris fine arts institution, l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
The first collective exhibition was held in June 2012 at Vee Gee Bee in Republic Street Valletta.
Paul normally spends Sundays with my family and if I’m not painting I’m normally relaxed recharging my batteries for the week to come. His favourite place to holiday is anywhere in Italy as you are always prone to bump into medieval churches or museums of architectural beauty. He is a morning person guided by the light of day.
“Aah what if I were given a million euros? My dream is to open a school of art and do my part in the continuation of realist and classical art.”
The Florence workshop was on ‘Methods of Contemporary Portrait Painters’ held on 15 – 26 June 2015 with Martinho Correia.