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Money, Money, Money: One Maltese Artist Shines A Light On The Country’s Ills

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Art will never tell you what to do but it has an uncanny ability to force ourselves to re-examine the world around us and sometimes even take action.

One Maltese artist, Nathan Portelli, is doing just that, with his recent work shines a light on the ugly side of the country.

Money is a central theme to the works. In one it devours a traditional Maltese church, not much unlike a series of shocking images that emerged of a St Julian’s residence.

Untitled
Mixed media
30 x 40 cm.

Posted by Nathan Portelli on Wednesday, 4 November 2020

With money-hungry developers spreading faster than COVID-19, it’s easy to see where Portelli’s inspiration comes from.

There is a more dangerous virus among us and it is killing our identity. It is defacing our heritage by the second. I guess that is what my current work is trying to manifest,” Portelli told Lovin Malta.

'Prosit Ministru!'
Mixed media
35 x 45 cm.

Posted by Nathan Portelli on Saturday, 19 September 2020

'L-aħħar siġra f’Wied il-Għasel'
Private collection.

Posted by Nathan Portelli on Friday, 17 July 2020

Political partisanship is also laid bare, in one work aptly titled ‘Prosit Ministru’, a reference to the slew of comments that flood politicians’ social media posts.

My paintings simply capture what I see. I leave the rest to the viewer to reflect on what he sees,” he continued.

Politics undoubtedly underscores his work, like much of Malta, with climate change and environmental destruction also a key theme.

You can check out the rest of Portelli’s work over here.

Untitled
Artist's collection.

Posted by Nathan Portelli on Friday, 17 July 2020

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