Lot 229 - Anna Calleja - Censu
Chalk and Ink on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Anna Calleja (b.1997) is a Maltese multidisciplinary artist primarily working in paint, print and sculpture.
Calleja has exhibited across the UK and abroad, at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta, at Tate St. Ives, Porthmeor Studios, and at the Mall Galleries in London amongst others. Calleja was the recipient of a Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition for her 2020 painting ‘Alone in Quarantine’. Calleja was awarded the Premju ghal-arti award for Best Young Artist of the Year, an award by the Malta Arts Council that celebrates the main achievements in the Maltese cultural scene.
Her work retires to the comfort and melancholy of home, using the process of painting to create quiet moments of introspection. She looks back on her own notions of comfort to confront an anxious present and grapple with an uncertain future. Calleja’s interest lies in dualities; the tension and dissonance between comfort and melancholy, isolation and connection, love and pain.
First class honours in BA (hons) Fine Art from Falmouth University
Premju Ghal-Arti Best Young Artist, 2022
Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award, ROI Annual Exhibition 2020
Best Emerging Young Artist, ARTZ ID, 2020
C-A-S-T Residency, Helston 2019
Midas Award at the Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange 2019
Malta Arts Scholarship, 2017-2020
Domestic Bliss, Beaux Arts Bath, Bath
Works on Paper 4, Blue Shop Cottage, London
Sea Sunset Moon, Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta
Anna Calleja: On Hold, New Craftsman Gallery, St. Ives
RP Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Homebound solo exhibition, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta, Malta
Launch Exhibition, Morgans, Falmouth
ROI Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Extraordinary Postcards for Extraordinary Times, Newlyn Art Gallery
Postcard Exhibition, Highgate Art Gallery, London
Environments, Tate St. Ives
Tate Collective Producer at Otobong Nkanga: Ustudio, Tate St. Ives
Anna Calleja and Will Calver, Porthmeor Studios, St. Ives
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
These four works (one oil painting and three ink drawings) sit in between comfort and melancholy suspended in quietude. I look back on my own notions of comfort to confront an anxious present and grapple with an uncertain future. Two of the ink drawings depict my cat, sitting still in silent ambivalence or bathed in morning light. While the world grows ever more turbulent, divisive and moves steadily towards climate crises, the cat passively sleeps on, as do we. 'Homebound' portrays a figure suspended in time, between past and present, life and death and comfort and melancholy while 'Scissors' plays on the Ancient Greek myth of Atropos, one of the three fates, who holds the shears that cut the thread of life.
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