Andrew Borg is an engineer by profession, an artist by choice.
When and how did you get started?
Sometime back in 2004 or so, I wanted a means of expression to balance the mathematics and logic associated with an engineering mindset. I ended up merging both.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
I don’t consider myself locked into a particular genre if we’re talking landscapes, seascapes or portrait work. I do my best to evolve and while I have started off doing impressionistic work in watercolour, at the moment I am trying to merge representational with abstract art. I do consider my work as minimalistic though; and make a substantial effort trying to simplify subjects in a way that looks good.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
Minimalistic, clever (I hope!), elegant, and deep (sometimes!)
Where was your first exhibition held?
2006 at the New Faces Exhibition at the Gallery G in Lija.
Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks?
If so, why? I do have a few pieces which I would not part with, but more to keep a record of the evolving styles. I wouldn’t say I have a favourite, though. Once they’re ready for consumption, I consider them equally good.
What are you working on right now?
I’m trying to seek a new direction in my work, evolving from the representational/abstract work into something more abstract.
Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?
Mainly artists who depict light, contrasts and are clever; so the likes of Sargent, Sorolla, Zorn, Mullins and even Banksy are sources of inspiration for me.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
An architect, hands down. A good balance between mathematics and art.
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Good company, but also some good achievement, whether it’s on canvas or helping someone else.
What do you love about Malta?
The weather, climate, the light, the resourcefulness.
What do you hate about Malta?
Lack of discipline and general sense of selfishness.
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
Orange. It’s a happy colour but also bold and bright.
What is your favourite indulgence?
Idling time with a gin and tonic.
Andrew Borg’s 6th solo exhibition will open on Saturday 28th April from 1400hrs till late, at Camilleri Paris Mode in Rabat. The exhibition features a collection of recent landscape works in oils, complemented by a small selection of portrait work and watercolour plein air work.
The exhibition will remain open till the 19th May 2018
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