My art is heavily influenced by my graphic design background. It is intensely personal, more often than not reflecting emotions I am going through at the moment that a piece is conceived. I have often referred to my works of art as VISUAL POEMS and more often than not that is what they are... visual lyrical poetry, using digital brush strokes instead of words, lyrically capturing an intense moment.


I normally work in sets, creating a "formula" and then enacting different permutations of the same script. Below are two such sets, or series, of digital paintings/drawings, each of which came out of a dark era in my life. The first of these was created in November 2019 and though the Rhapsody-in-Pain series of digital paintings has been concluded, other series are ongoing.

Digital Paintings – the Rhapsody-in-Pain series


Visual poems that are mood pieces with abstract backgrounds mirroring an emotional condition, made more poignant by means of pen-and-ink figures that complement the atmosphere created by the digital backdrops.


Together, these 37 paintings form part of a collective tentatively called RHAPSODY-IN-PAIN. The first 14 pieces have been collated into a two and a half minute video that can be seen HERE. A three-minute, behind-the-scenes video, briefly explaining the techniques, and leading up to the forthcoming exhibition of prints, can be seen HERE. A video about the process produced by ALLURA can be seen HERE.

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Digital Drawings – the Corondarkselfies series


Digital pen-and-ink drawings with grey washes that are self-portraits of various manifestations of a dark, sorrowful mood. Feelings of grief, sadness and loneliness were exacerbated by voluntary self-confinement lasting many weeks during the first Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. There were moments when the loneliness and lack of human touch became unbearable and the manifestation of that is clear in these self-portraits, with the emphasis on the hands and the facial expression.


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Digital Drawings – the Versimage series


Digital pen-and-ink drawings of half-bust figures in motion with themed digital backgrounds that correspond to verse superimposed on the backdrop, though not in the topmost layer, integrating it and showing that it is an intrinsic part of that background. These paintings are an attempt at moving forward from a darkness of the soul, though in some cases the futility of that attempt is implicit in the atmosphere generated by the backdrop and figure.

© Ġorġ Mallia 2020





Coronadarkselfie 3

Coronadarkselfie 6