Landscape exhibition at Lily Agius Gallery

Lily Agius Gallery in Cathedral Street, Sliema will be hosting a Maltese landscapes in watercolour exhibition by Joan Zammit Cutajar from October 14 until October 28.

The exhibition features about 30 watercolour paintings that Zammit Cutajar has collected over the last year when she and some artist friends go on weekly outings around Malta and Comino to paint au plein air.

She has painted in watercolour for the last six years and has a love hate relationship with the medium.

“Watercolours can frustrate you and give you so much happiness all the same day. They are so dynamic and move around and don’t always do what you tell them to do. Sometimes the result is a ruined painting, other times the results are terrific” Zammit Cutajar said.
Zammit Cutajar started painting as a young girl of only 10 under the guidance of Esprit Barthet. After just three years Barthet convinced her she was good enough to try out for her A level in art and with special permission, she achieved this at the tender age of 13.

She continued studying art at the polytechnic but eventually chose family life and her career as an artist was put on hold. After her four children grew up and moved on Zammit Cutajar found herself with enough time to take up painting again six years ago.

Over the six years she has participated in many collective exhibitions and has had a previous solo exhibition after her first year back in the art scene. The Landscape exhibition will be her second solo in watercolours.

Following her years with watercolours Zammit Cutajar intends on expanding her skills as an artist and going into oil paintings. Though she loves to paint in watercolour a little bit of a change is always refreshing and oil paints behave differently to watercolour and will offer new challenges, she said.

The exhibition is open to the public between 11:00 to 13:00 all week and 16:00 to 19:00 from Tuesday to Friday.