1959-2010

Isabelle Borg has lived in London (her birthplace, 1959) and Malta, as well as spending periods in Berlin, and West Cork, Ireland. She studied painting at the Camberwell School of Art, London, graduating BA (Hons) in 1986.

 Since gaining an MA (History of Art) in 1994, she teaches art full-time at the University of Malta.In 1985, she has regularly held solo exhibitions of her paintings and often been asked to participate in group shows. Her work is found in a number of public and private collections. 

 

inspired by natural scenery and atmospheric conditions. Much of this change has come from time spent painting Early solo landscape exhibitions Marine and Maritime Paintings (1991) and Bastions and Harbours (1992) concentrated on Malta's constructed coastline. Later, Two Islands (2004, with photographer Graham Cooper) and Maltese Landscape (2006) Irish were landscape since 2000, whilst based in Clonakilty, West Cork. One of her latest exhibition Strange Cargo (National Museum of Fine Arts, Malta, 2008) explores the effect of this series of journeys and homecomings and re-defines an earlier interest in figurative art.

 

Borg died in Malta in 2010, having suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.] She spent the final years of her life working from her studio in Floriana

Exhibitions

 

1985 - Paintings - National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta

 

 

1986 - Degree Show - Camberwell School of Art, London, UK

1987 - Paintings - Café Gallery, Lewisham, London, UK

 

1989 - Portraits - National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta 

 

1991 - 1 Landscape - 2 Visions - With Ebba von Fersen, Museum of Fine Arts, Malta

 

1991 - Marine & Maritime Paintings - The Royal Malta Yacht Club, Malta 

 

1992 - Austellung - Old University of Heidelberg, Germany

 

 

1992 - Bastions & Harbours - Trattoria da Pippo, Valletta, Malta

 

1993 - Landscapes - Malta International Arts Festival

 

1994 - Paintings - Melitensia Art Gallery, Lija, Malta

 

1995 - Inscapes - Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta, Malta

 

1996 - Blaue Stunde - University of Augsburg, Germany

 

1997 - Mitt Hajku - Paintings for book of poems by Joe Friggieri . Ciappetti Tea Rooms and Art Gallery, Mdina, Malta

 

1998 - Portraits and other people - Grey College, University of Durham, UK

1999 - Paintings - Grey College, University of Durham, UK

 

2001 - Sol - St. James Cavalier, National Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta

 

2002 - Two Islands - Version One - The Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland

 

2002 - Paintings of the Last Eighteen Years: - Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta

 

2004 - Two Islands - Version Two - St. James Cavalier, National Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta

 

 

2004 - Ode an de Hofvijver - On accession to the EU, Isabelle Borg representing Malta at the Hague, Holland

 

2005 - BUPA - Corporate Exhibition - Malta

 

2006 - Maltese Landscape - Din L-Art Helwa, Melita Street, Valletta, Malta

 

2008 - Strange Cargo - Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta

2017- Isabelle Borg Retrospective - Iniala5 Galleries Valletta

Education

1982-1986
Foundation and BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting); Camberwell School of Art, London, UK

 

1994
MA Art (Hist.) University of Malta

Collections

 

National Museum of Fine Arts, Malta
Gallery 77, New Bond Street, London
Woburn Fine Arts, UK
Demarco European Art Foundation, Edinburgh, Scotland
Melitensia Art Gallery, Malta
National Contemporary Art Collection of Malta, Malta
Ministry for Youth and the Arts, Malta
Ministry for Agriculture, Malta
Central Bank of Malta, Malta
Bank of Valletta, Malta
HSBC Malta, Malta
Malta International Airport, Malta
Various private collections both in Malta and abroad.

 

Design Jobs

1979-1980
Graphic Designer and Typographer: Decca Record Company Ltd, London, UK

 

Design projects

1995
Set design for Assemblywomen by Aristophanes, directed by Joe Friggieri, University of Malta Open Air Theatre

 

1997
Book design and images for Mitt Hajku, poems by Joe Friggieri

 

1998
Set of four postage stamps commissioned by Posta (Malta) for UNESCOYear of the Ocean

 

Teaching Experience and Employment

 

1994 and 1996
Director of Painting and Drawing Landscape in Malta, a summer school of the University of Malta at the Foundation for International Studies, Valletta

Since 1994
University of Malta: Full-time appointment ( Assistant Lecturer) in Fine Art and History of Art

Publications

 

1996
"Image, Metaphor, Vision" (section on Creativity and the Arts); Creative Thinking: New Perspectives; ed. Sandra Dingli; University of Malta, 1996

 

1996
"Definitive Images: the role of women in Malta seen through the people's art Woman in Maltese Art c1600 -1995; ed. Dennis Vella; Ministry for Social Development, 1996

 

1997
"Painting a realistic picture: Art in Malta today"; Beyond Schooling: Adult Education in Malta; ed. Godfrey Baldacchino and Peter Mayo; Mireva Publications, Malta 1997

 

1998
"The Martyrdom of St. Ursula and her Companions by Mattia Preti"; Treasures of Malta (Easter Issue); ed. Chev. John Manduca; Fondazzjjoni Patrimonju Malti, Malta 1998

 

2001
Chapter: "The Iconography of Evil in Maltese Art"; Powers of Good and Evil: Social Transformation and Popular Belief; ed. Paul Clough and Jon P. Mitchell; Berghahn Books 2001, New York

 

2004
The Maritime Ex-voto - a culture of thanksgiving in Malta; Heritage Books 2004

 

2008
Chapter together with Paul Clough: "Society in the Body and the Body of Society"; Cross-Currents; ed. Raphael Vella, Allied Publications, 2008

Bibliography

 

The Dictionary of Artists who painted Malta; Nicholas de Piro; AVC Publishers; editions No.I (1988) and No.II (2002)

 

The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, Vol. 13 (No.1), May 1999; Chapter covered in an article by Jindra Kulich; "Painting a realistic picture: Art in Malta today" (see Publications)

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