Event Details

LOVE LETTER

02/11/2018 - 17/11/2018
LOVE LETTER

Theme - LOVE LETTER

This new collection of paintings is intended to capture the intimacy of solitude and silence.

The scenes create a dreamlike atmosphere, allowing the viewer to escape into a trance of peace, delving into nature where one feels most comfortable. The blank spaces are an interpretation of a transition of the state of mind, when an individual pauses to ponder nostalgically on memories and feelings that cry out to be revived in such senses of the past.

The inspiration of this all came through his observations of how the human behaviour has changed in the past decade and how dependent we have become on technology; we are willing to trade in the beauty and supremacy of nature that surrounds us for these virtual gadgets. It was this thought that inspired the artist to incorporate nature in his art, as a representation of the past, when we used to care so much more about what's happening around us and simplicity.

For this collection, it all started when Alfie decided to challenge himself. As he was painting figures, Alfie started combining natural elements in some of the body parts. Until that point, he had never had the heart and courage to move away from the traditional holistic body being portrayed on paper and remove partial parts from the portraits. It was in this latest collection, that he took the plunge and challenged himself to get out from his artistic comfort zone. The artist wanted to go beyond his abilities, and this challenge helped him to grow. The pieces did not become isolated fragments haphazardly plotted around the body, but they became stories. While composing these pieces he kept in consideration the white negative spaces, the floral silhouettes, and the portrait, by neither revealing nor hiding too much.

Alfie expressed the interpretation with several watercolour washes. Then, he gradually added more layers, watercolours and wax pastels. This intended to add more values and opaqueness and bringing out a higher contrast against the background. With care and attention, he gently added wax pastels and pencil colours to bring out the detail. The artist would stop and come back and forth with these mediums until he felt that he had managed to bring out the best of the interpretation that the artist desired. All of this was done without any particular order of the mediums being applied, to create a spontaneous and free expression.

Alfie decided to film most of his artwork processes to allow further room for subjective and appreciative interpretation. The intention is to not only an expressive visual of two minutes but to reach out to admirers to look beyond the portrait and appreciate its beginnings and birth.

Artist BIO

Alfie Gatt was born in 1985 in the small and sunny island of Malta. His drive and passion for his love of art started in his early childhood years. He pursued his studies and was successfully awarded a degree from the Institute of Art & Design, in Malta in 2005. Out of college, he was still finding his own path since art was no easy means to bring food to the table. So he strived hard to add another creative related skill, by teaching himself the techniques of video editing and 2D animations.

In 2011, Alfie decided to experiment with combined all his learned skills with his experiences by publishing his first video paint on social media. This was an original way to express his painting process to the general public. Not only were the videos a window to his way of painting, but they were gladly welcomed by TV stations to be aired even during prime time as fillers between programs. Alfieʼs current style is a mix of figurative and surrealism by giving the artworks unique style and visually pleasing and yet contemporary. He describes his artistic work as a balance and marriage of graphical edge and fine art. This effect is demonstrated by using multiple mediums such as watercolour, ink, coloured pencil, acrylic, and wax pastels.

By profession, Alfie is a full-time Graphic Designer/2D animation at a private company.

Organiser

The Iniala5 Team