Charming watercolour paintings capture Malta’s spirit

Mdina is hosting a stunning exhibition of watercolour paintings by Maltese artist Paul Caruana this weekend.

Depicting real-life and fictional figures, the charming nostalgic artworks on display at Palazzo de Piro in Mdina until Sunday are guaranteed to make you smile.

Paul told 89.7 Bay his latest collection features a host of colourful characters drawn from his past.

He said: ‘Seeing Voices is an attempt to recapture particular characters and memorable instances from my childhood, recollections that I can vividly remember but cannot hear anymore.

‘Through these paintings, I am hoping to elicit a smile from those old enough to have their own fond memories, while providing younger generations with a visual presentation of how back in the day, life was simpler, yet still as colourful.’

Paul has been a keen watercolour artist since childhood.

He added: ‘My first real teacher was my late father. He was in the Merchant Navy and used to send letters illustrated with stuff he’d seen and places he visited.

‘As I grew up, the letters held fewer illustrations and scribbles as he used to send me comics, especially American ones illustrated with the best black and white graphics. Those were my first influences.’

Paul has also produced illustrations for a number of books about Valletta.

Seeing Voices is his 11th solo exhibition.

It runs at Palazzo de Piro in Mdina until Sunday at 12pm.

Check out some of his gorgeous paintings below, and head on over to Paul’s Facebook page to find out more about his work.

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