Isabelle Borg

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Isabelle Borg

Isabelle Borg was a visual artist, born in 1959 and died in 2010.

Isabelle Borg has lived in London (her birthplace, 1959) and Malta, as well as spending periods in Berlin, and West Cork, Ireland. She studied painting at the Camberwell School of Art, London, graduating BA (Hons) in 1986. Since gaining an MA (History of Art) in 1994, she teaches art full-time at the University of Malta.

Since 1985, she has regularly held solo exhibitions of her paintings, and often been asked to participate in group shows. Her work is found in a number of public and private collections. Working from her studio in Floriana, Malta, she continues to exhibit locally and internationally, and to publish her research in art.

Early solo landscape exhibitions Marine and Maritime Paintings (1991) and Bastions and Harbours (1992) concentrated on Malta's constructed coastline. Later, Two Islands (2004, with photographer Graham Cooper) and Maltese Landscape (2006) were inspired by natural scenery and atmospheric conditions. Much of this change has come from time spent painting Irish landscape since 2000, whilst based in Clonakilty, West Cork. Most recent exhibition Strange Cargo (National Museum of Fine Arts, Malta, 2008) explores the effect of this series of journeys and homecomings, and re-defines an earlier interest in figurative art.[1]

The theme which runs through my work, not so much as subject matter but in spirit, is the essence of the primitive, an element which refers to my early fascination with Maltese prehistoric art. And I remain attached to the hands-on experience of painting - for the viewer as well as myself - that direct approach that eliminates the need for technology. Images glow best when paintings are seen as objects in their own reality.[2]

Exhibitions

  • 1985: Paintings - National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1986: Degree Show - Camberwell School of Art, London, UK;
  • 1987: Paintings - Café Gallery, Lewisham, London, UK;
  • 1989: Portraits - National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1991: 1 Landscape - 2 Visions - With Ebba von Fersen, Museum of Fine Arts, Malta;
  • 1991: Marine & Maritime Paintings - The Royal Malta Yacht Club, Malta;
  • 1992: Austellung - Old University of Heidelberg, Germany;
  • 1992: Bastions & Harbours - Trattoria da Pippo, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1993: Landscapes - Malta International Arts Festival;
  • 1994: Paintings - Melitensia Art Gallery, Lija, Malta;
  • 1995: Inscapes - Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta, Malta;
  • 1996: Blaue Stunde - University of Augsburg, Germany;
  • 1997: Mitt Ħajku - Paintings for book of poems by Joe Friggieri . Ciappetti Tea Rooms and Art Gallery, Mdina, Malta;
  • 1998: Portraits and other people - Grey College, University of Durham, UK;
  • 1999: Paintings - Grey College, University of Durham, UK;
  • 2001: Sol - St. James Cavalier, National Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2002: Two Islands - Version One - The Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland;
  • 2002: Paintings of the Last Eighteen Years: - Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2004: Two Islands - Version Two - St. James Cavalier, National Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2004: Ode an de Hofvijver - On accession to the EU, Isabelle Borg representing Malta at the Hague, Holland;
  • 2005: BUPA - Corporate Exhibition - Malta;
  • 2006: Maltese Landscape - Din L-Art Helwa, Melita Street, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2008: Strange Cargo - Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta;

Group exhibitions

  • 1982: Women Artists of Malta, Gallerija Fenici, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1986: Summer Exhibition selected from Camberwell School of Art, South London Art Gallery, Camberwell, London;
  • 1986: Rank Xerox Selected Exhibition from Art Schools of Great Britain, National Theatre Foyer, South Bank Complex, London, and travelling throughout UK;
  • 1986: Art Aid, Somerset House, London;
  • 1986-7-8 and 1990: Maltafest (Maltese Contemporary Art) National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1988: Art of the Rising Generation, Chamber of Commerce, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1989: Art and Archaeology National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1989: Malta 25 Sena Indipendenti (Maltese Contemporary Art) National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1989: Muzikafest (Exhibition) Temi Zammit Hall Foyer, University of Malta;
  • 1989: Summer Exhibition, Melitensia Art Gallery, Lija, Malta;
  • 1989-1990: Grand Defile` de les Etandards de la Liberte` Exhibition at Galeries Lafayette, Paris, and defiles throughout France and in New Delhi, India;
  • 1991: Spring Exhibition (Melitensia Arts), The Carriage Restaurant, Sliema, Malta;
  • 1991: Collective Exhibition of Maltese Artists in Cairo Pullman Hotel, Ma’adi, Cairo, Egypt;
  • 1992: L’Awtoritratt: Maltese self-portraits, Robert Samut Hall, Floriana, Malta;
  • 1992-1993: Aktuelle Malerei aus Malta: Travelling collective exhibition throughout Germany, organised by the Embassy of Malta;
  • 1993: Desire Paintings by four artists AOK Arts Society, University of Malta;
  • 1993: Four Landscape Painters: Maltafest Arts Festival, National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1993: The Nude in Maltese Art from the 19th Century to the Present Day: Robert Samut Hall, Floriana, Malta;
  • 1994: 9 Maltese Women Artists: National Council of Women of Malta, National Museum of Fine Art, Valletta;
  • 1995: Malte, L’Ile Aux Tresors: Galerie de l’Europe, Maison de l’Europe de Paris, Paris, France;
  • 1995: Woman in Maltese Art c.1600 - 1995, National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1996: Epiphanion: 10th Anniversary of the Foundation for International Studies, Aula Magna, FIS, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1998: Il-Mara: the effect of the Female Image and Symbol in Art On Contemporary Woman, Westin Dragonara Hotel, St Julian’s, Malta;
  • 1998: 20th Century British Artists Woburn Fine Arts, Woburn, UK;
  • 1998: Re-Interpreting Preti: An exhibition to mark the tercentenary of Mattia Preti’s death, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta;
  • 1999: Il-Mara, II Westin Dragonara Hotel, St Julian’s Malta;
  • 1999: Exhibition for Official Inauguration St Martin’s College Art Gallery, Swatar, Malta;
  • 2000: Inauguration of National Arts Centre: Art in Malta Today, St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2000: ‘Seventy over Two Thousand - On the Road to Meikle Seggie’ Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston UK (then travelling internationally, under organisation of Richard Demarco);
  • 2000: 1st International Peace Forum of Women Creators of the Mediterranean, Rhodes. Formally invited by selection to represent Malta in the Fine Arts Exhibition and Conference: Master Hall Palais du Grand Maitre des Chevaliers, Rhodes, Greece;
  • 2000: Biennale of Contemporary Christian Art in Malta Vaults of Cathedral Museum, Mdina, including performance 'Ephemeral Cross' at City Gate, Valletta , Malta;
  • 2000: Opening Exhibition, Gallery 77, New Bond Street, London W1;
  • 2001: Art of Love 2001, Gallery 44, McCurtain Street, Cork City, Ireland;
  • 2001: Paintings on theme of ‘Environment’, Rosscarbery Festival of Art and Poetry, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, Ireland;
  • 2001: Christmas Exhibition, The Private Collector Gallery, Innishannon, Co. Cork, Ireland;
  • 2002/3/4/5: Rosscarbery Festival of Art and Poetry, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, Ireland;
  • 2002: Members Exhibition, The West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland;
  • 2005: Maltese Contemporary Art, MSOAMC, National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2006: Twenty-five years, 25 artists: Middlesea Insurance, Middlesea House, Floriana, Malta;
  • 2006: Rotta ta’l-Arti, Il Gattopardo Art Gallery, Mdina, Malta;
  • 2007: ScicArt, Satariano Showrooms, Birkirkara, Malta;
  • 2007: Glorious Gozo, in support of Salesian Brotherhood, Malta Hilton, St. Julian's, Malta;
  • 2007: Father Marius J. Zerafa…a Tribute, Gallery G, Lija, Malta;
  • 2007: Moment in Time: Heritage Exhibition, FAA, Manoel Theatre, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2008: Colours For Children Rotaract La Valette and AVL, Chamber of Commerce, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2008: Reflections of an Island: Heritage exhibition, Casino Maltese, Valletta, Malta;
  • 2008: Gallery G...The First Five Years, Gallery G, Lija, Malta;
  • 2008: Paysages, with artists Lucy Pisani and Benedite de la Ronciere, Embassy of Malta, Paris, France;
  • 2008: Bienvenue en France, representing Malta by participation in international exhibition, Paris, France.

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