''the scope of my art is to have fun, interpret the things I love, and present the unexpected''
Henry Falzon started his artistic journey in the early 90s with Black & White photography while in his late teens. Shooting film was Henry’s way of exploring and projecting the way he perceives life and the things around him. His preoccupation has been centered around capturing moments and presenting them in a way to make some form of statement or impression. Often, angles of familiar views are presented in unusual ways, a recurring challenge for Henry.
Being entirely self-thought and starting from rather unorthodox paths to art, gives Henry a generous degree of mental freedom and uninhibited approaches. His art has no rules or conventions, only enthusiasm to create art as a vehicle to get his story across. Henry’s use of colour and composition is intense and is taken to almost religious obsession. The foundations of photography remain to this day the cornerstone of Henry’s work, but only as a departure point. Probably this is due to Henry’s insatisfaction that photography is often too close to life and Henry needs to push his voice beyond the very real, more into a sprinkle of dream-like quality. After consulting his reference images and sketches, Henry’s hand lays down stroke after stroke of charcoal and pastel ‘chalks’ to achieve his signature pieces.
The curiosity towards life is the engine that drives Henry. Every passing year throws new experiences in life and makes life, in Henry’s view, impossible to be left unexplored and unmanifested. This necessity fuels more exploration and new ways of expression.
For collectors, Henry represents perhaps a sprinkle of excitement over what could be a drab and mundane life. A different take on the known and expected. Of course, Henry did not just descend on the local art scene, it took decades of background work, and a number of past exhibitions to transport Henry’s voice across to the curious and enthusiastic.
Henry's subject matter keeps evolving. For many years landscapes dominated all aspects of work, but gradually a sprinkle of figures started populating his canvases. As his art gets 'deeper', figures are certain to take it there.
As for art materials used, Henry is comfortable working with a plethora of mediums, including airbrush, printmaking, drawing with graphite and charcoal, pastels, painting with watercolor, acrylics, and oils.
Henry Falzon is based in Malta
1974 - Birth - Attard, Malta
1980s - sketching and doodling is a constant background activity in my childhood/teen days.
1990 - 1997 - Black & White photography - developing own film and printmaking - my formative years
2002 - 2010 - early oil painting phase - producing acceptable ‘early’ style work in small volumes
2011 - 2013 - early pastel phase - producing highly stylised pinstripe artwork
2013 - Group exhibition participation with the Malta Pastel Society
2014-2017 - en Plein air phase with a robust output of quality work - oils - watercolour - acrylics
2016 - 2017 - Various participations in group shows with the Plein Air Painters of Malta
2018 - present - left Plein air work to pursue narrative studio concepts using mainly pastels
2019 - May - small solo exhibition in Valletta - Morphing Isles
2019 - November - full-bodied solo exhibition at Gallery 23 Malta - The Bicycle Ride - featuring a strong retrospective element.
2020 - November group exhibition at Gallery 23
2020 - new representation at Camilleri Paris Mode
2020 - became Associated Artist with Unison Colour, pastel makers - Northumberland, UK
2021 - now a full-time artist
2021 - new ventures with Reduction linocut
2022 - new Monotypes and Mezzotint prints
2023 - Bottled Time - solo exhibition - Camilleri Paris mode
2023 - new work with oils alongside the more familiar pastel work
2023 - Villa Frere - Group exhibition - Gallery 23
2023 - Corpus et Partis - solo exhibition - Kamra ta' Fuq