Title: Public Talk: Frank Portelli - A Multi-Disciplinary Artist
Venue: Victor Pasmore Gallery, Valletta
Date: TBC
Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm
Speaker: Isabelle Elizabeth Borg
Price: FREE ATTENDANCE. Seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis

Due to the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, this event has been postponed to an undefined date. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to reschedule once this chapter is behind us.

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Following our talks on Cremona and Barthet, our third lecture focusing on Pasmore's Maltese contemporaries will zoom in on the art of Frank Portelli (1922-2004), author of our second ARTPICK - a study of The Battle of the Balaclava. You can view the poster for this event here.


Frank Portelli stands amongst the foremost artists of the pre and immediate post-world II period. His one major quest was to instil modern ideas and energies yet unexplored in Maltese conservative contemporary art during the early decades of the 20th century.

Portelli’s artistic career emerges with a passion for Impressionism. This style was soon substituted by cubist tendencies which he dubbed Crystallised Cubism – a style which revolutionised the Maltese art scene and educated the Maltese lay man. Later on, geometric configurations appeared in works which dominated his art for more than a decade. Eventually Portelli’s art turned its attention to topographical mapping which exerted an immense influence on his Contours Series and reliefs.

Portelli was prolific in numerous disciplines but one of his major contributions was interior design, which resulted in an immeasurable amount of mural paintings. His regular travels to the Biennale di Venezia and the Triennale di Milano opened up new horizons and stimulated Portelli to experiment with numerous materials and media. As a result, his repertoire consists of a very long inventory of artworks.

Elizabeth Borg MA will take you on a progressive journey into the artistic career of Frank Portelli as the multi-disciplinary artist during a time when art in Malta was still somewhat stuck in the Baroque.