Lot 229 - Anna Calleja - Censu
Lot 229 - Anna Calleja - Censu
Lot 229 - Anna Calleja - Censu

Lot 229 - Anna Calleja - Censu

Chalk and Ink on Paper

2022

A6 (10x15cm) Original Artwork

Signed on Verso

ARTIST INFO

 

About 

 

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. 

 

Education 

 

First class honours in BA (hons) Fine Art from Falmouth University 

 

Select Exhibitions/Awards  

 

Awards:  
 
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 
 
Exhibitions:  
 
2022 
Domestic Bliss, Beaux Arts Bath, Bath 
Works on Paper 4, Blue Shop Cottage, London 
Sea Sunset Moon, Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta 
 
2021 
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 
 
2020 
Extraordinary Postcards for Extraordinary Times, Newlyn Art Gallery 
Postcard Exhibition, Highgate Art Gallery, London 
 
2019 
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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