In his ethereal panoramas of tremulous seascapes expressed with atmospheric eloquence, as also in his vibrant townscape compositions bathed in sun-drenched xantine tones, the artist John Borg Manduca transforms and transcends the magic of his Mediterranean Island home of Malta into rarified canvasses of intense aesthetic rapture.
In his collaboration with Ian Hamilton Finlay in the mid-seventies, the artist produced a series of brilliant palette-knife drawings of both water and land war machines to accompany the Scottish concrete-poet’s subtle verbal poetics. This collaboration resulted in a near ideal amalgamation of image and word. As Richard Demarco has aptly stated “John Borg Manduca has pursued his career as an artist with a commitment which has enabled him to produce a significant body of work.”
“The Palette” is the first publication to bring together a collection of the artist’s work. Lavishly illustrated, the book which contains a foreword by Ian Hamilton Finlay, is an apt tribute to an artist who expresses through deft palette strokes, the emotions of his creative poetic spirit.