Born in 1974, Henry Falzon comes from decades of fine-art photography, artistic practice and life-long learning. Henry was never comfortable following traditional and 'proper' art paths. Instead, Henry thrives on individualism and off-the-beaten-path practices.
Henry's repertoire of work, spanning three decades, is wide-ranging - from photography to charcoal sketches to engineering drawings. It's never a boring day in Henry's studio.
Undeniably, Henry's flagship artistic output is the popular Pastel series. His pastels are an extension of his photography, only better, in the sense that Henry reinterprets his images as they are drawn on paper and given a creative overhaul; recomposed, refocused, repurposed... Colour and composition are given total devotion. The resulting work is often most pleasing to the eye, gladly departing beyond the familiarly mundane.
It's difficult to box Henry's work into one category. His work is very much driven by exploration and quests that make him hop and skip train tracks, do U-turns, break norms, backtracks and course changes - all these are parts of the game. The ebb and flow of life are there. Noting is fixed and there is an urgency to explore all nooks and crannies of life.
''Making my art, it's like riding the bicycle. I make decisions on the fly. Like the bicycle ride, you cannot look too much into the distance, but neither can you afford to look too close to the ground below...It's a mix of instincts, vague destinations and plenty of effort...
"You’re welcome on board my journey...''
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 pursuit 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 and 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 teaching pastels