Artist and sculptor Wallace Falzon is Maltese with British dual citizenship and he was born on 24 October 1967. “At this point in my life, I dedicate significant time towards painting and sculpture. I use mixed media, using bright primary colours in paintings and create sculptures in monochrome stylised figures. I juxtapose the two genres in tandem as a reflexive practice depicting the world as experienced and self-discovery via art,” he says.
When and how did you get started?
I had been in business for 25 years and never had the time to pursue my passion for my expression through art. However, during 2014 I started slowly and gained momentum after I resigned from my previous work and I was also diagnosed with a neurological auto-immune condition. It was a difficult period of my life where art became my therapeutic space.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
I consider my art and sculptures as an existential expression of struggle and the paradox of hope through colour for art and movement for the sculptures.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
Versatile, creative, reflective and self-expressive narrative.
Where was your first exhibition held?
My first solo exhibition entitled Existential Freedom was held during 2018 in a small gallery where both my paintings and sculptures were exhibited. From then on, I was highly encouraged to move forward.
Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks?
I can’t really say as each piece slides in at that particular point of life that portrays personal expression and meaning. However, the paintings and sculptures that represent my pets are the joyful ones and my self-portraits are more reflective.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I am working on large (8 x 5 feet) kinetic metal artworks by exploring new personal boundaries of expression. I am also keeping a constant flow of paintings with mixed media from portraits to abstract art.
Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?
I love the art of Cezanne and the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Family, my dogs and my space to express either in sculpture or painting.
What do you love about Malta?
Friends and the natural light
What do you hate about Malta?
Congestion, no open spaces and the dichotomy thinking of most of the locals.
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
Cobalt blue. The colour of the deep sea. It represents the abyss that needs to be discovered through self-actualization reflective process.
What is your favourite indulgence?
Discovering the joys of life especially eating good food and acquiring knowledge in various topics, especially art and psychotherapy.
For more information about Wallace Falzon and his work visit his website.