Francis Galea, Painter

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Francis Galea was born in Mosta on the 12th January 1950 and he resides in Sliema. He is married to Josephine and has two sons, Kevin and Keith, and five grandchildren.

How did you get started?
I studied Art in the late 60s at the Malta School of Arts under the supervision of the late Esprit Barthet, Carmenu Mangion and Harry Alden.

What genre do you consider your work to be?
Mainly Landscapes and Still Life, usually connected with scenes from the Romantic past which can still be admired on canvas in my impasto technique with a palette knife expressed in my particular warm colours.

Describe your work in ten words or less
My impressionist work is unique, recognized and established

When was your first exhibition held?
My first personal exhibition was held at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta Malta in 1980.

When did you start practising your art?
I started Art at Primary Level in the 1950s.

Which is your favourite among your own artworks?
It is very difficult to choose my favourite painting but if I were to choose “Traditional Feast” will be one of them.

Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
I am very much inspired by Impressionists Artists.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
If it wasn’t art, I really don’t know… Art and Design were the key to my success in my life. Art gave me the courage to believe in myself and Design helped me understand the theory and practice of projection, perspective, and development skills in positive thinking.

What is the epitome of happiness for you?
The epitome of happiness is appreciating the values of life. Life is short and it is a one-time occasion.

What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am involved in a very innovative Art projects that helps artists exhibit their works in different exotic venues on a month rotation. I am also a member of the council of the Malta Society of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (MSA).

Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
Sunday means a day out, but after my heart surgery in 1999, any day of the week can be a Sunday.

Wine and Cheese: yes or no
Yes with wine and cheese.

If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
If I were given a million euros I would invest them in an art gallery for children.

Favourite place to holiday?
My favourite place to holiday is Switzerland.

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