Marisa Attard is an artist and illustrator. She studied art under Esprit Barthet, Harry Alden and Anton Calleja. She has illustrated numerous books and has twice been awarded the Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb for Best Illustrator of Children’s books. Marisa has taken part in both solo and collective art exhibitions where her work has been positively reviewed and appreciated.
Marisa is a keen observer of people and frequently uses her art to highlight the human condition and the political and social reality. She paints the people that inhabit her world – both real and imaginary. Her sense of humour comes through in her art. Huge bumbling figures that defy gravity and can be both serious and dark or humorous, quirky and endearing.
In her paintings, she enjoys combining her illustrative style of pen, ink and watercolour to works in acrylic and collage. She shows a preference for bright colours applied in layers with added collage and found objects to help create texture and depth.
She has been inspired by and admires the work of Quentin Blake, Tim Burton, Edward Gorey, Ralph Steadman, Ronald Searle, Gerald Scarfe, Gary Larson and Grayson Perry amongst others. The weird, the dark and the humorous.
- Start date: November 15, 2021 8:00 am
- End date: November 28, 2021 4:15 pm
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Published: October 10, 2021 9:03 pm
Modified: November 13, 2021 8:20 am
Artist: Marisa Attard
Medium: Pen, ink, watercolour, collage (Mixed media)
Dimensions: 50cm x 40cm
Weightlessness - A large rotund man floating up in space apparently weightless. He is holding a bird in one hand and in the other a single eye encircled by a ring of fire. The subjects in my paintings can be full of hidden meaning or have no meaning at all. I like to leave the viewer free to interpret what they see in their own way. Is he weightless despite his large bulk because he is floating above all the troubles and problems in his world? Or maybe he is being carried up by an all-seeing eye, his conscience, his god, his better self? Today in the age of Covid and all that is happening here in Malta, be it corruption, shedding of blood, cronyism, tribalism and so many other isms it seems we have reached rock bottom. So floating up and away could be a good thing. I prefer to stand and fight back in any way I can. I will not say it's hopeless. Hope is the last thing to die.