23rd October 2021 - 5th November 2021
Anna Calleja - On Hold
We are very pleased to present a beautiful collection of diminutive paintings by rising young Maltese artist Anna Calleja. Anna graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Falmouth University in 2020. Her current body of work relates to the comfort of home and quiet moments of introspection, and the small scale of each work – just 20cm x 25cm - is tied to the intimacy and domesticity that each work conveys. Her work is autobiographical and draws from a variety of personal sources, including her return to Malta after 3 years of living abroad, and the more universal experience of the global pandemic, in which our domestic space has become both a haven and a cage. Her paintings look back to her own notions of comfort, confront an anxious present and grapple with an uncertain future, exploring the link between domesticity and warmth, the duality of comfort and uncertainty, and how the online world has become a metaphysical space for us to escape to. Anna has exhibited in Malta and abroad, at the Wignacourt Museum in Malta and at Tate St. Ives, Porthmeor Studios, and at the Mall Galleries in London. In 2020, her painting, Alone in Quarantine was awarded a Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition.