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Malta’s five-star Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa launches island’s first Artist in Residence Programme

Tom Forrestall,  canadian artist
Tom Forrestall, considered by art critics to be one of the “pillars of Canadian art”, is set to visit the Maltese archipelago at the invitation of Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa and the Malta Tourism Authority. During Forrestall’s two week “Artist in Residence” programme, 10-25 April 2016, the accomplished Canadian artist will create a collection of watercolours featuring Malta’s diverse historical and natural landscapes, entitled “18 Days on Malta: Closer Look at 7,000 Years of History in Words & Paint”.

Forrestall will be accompanied by his journalist daughter, Monica Forrestall, who will be collaborating on this project by documenting her father’s painting expeditions and sites through her photography, videos, writings and blogs.   The painting sites around Malta will include historic buildings and striking natural landscapes in Valletta and Mdina, and on Malta’s sister island, Gozo.

Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa will host Tom Forrestall and Monica Forrestall throughout their “Artist in Residence” stay in Malta, and will hold Artist Salons open to guests and the wider public. The Artist Salons will feature Forrestall’s paintings of Malta, alongside photos taken of him painting at different locations. In an informal setting, Forrestall will provide comments on his painting style, favourite sites, anecdotes of his stay on the island, and how he has brought Malta’s scenery to life in his art.

Forrestall is one of the leading painters associated with the contemporary realism movement of Canada and of the Maritime provinces. Forrestall was born in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, in 1936 and grew up in Middleton and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where he currently resides and maintains his studio. Forrestall’s career has spanned over fifty years, during which he has received awards including the Order of Canada and several honorary doctorates. His works have been exhibited in museums and public galleries both nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions.

In speaking of his Malta project, Forrestall said “Drawing, watercolour and egg tempera; they all stir a passion, a delight and satisfaction into my creative process. But above all, creating watercolour paintings creates a oneness with a place. Malta, to me is mysterious, as I’ve never been there. I will interpret Malta in my own way, while I explore the complex and fascinating history of these islands. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.”

David Woodward, General Manager Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, said “We are pleased to host an artist of Tom Forrestall’s calibre and, together with the Malta Tourism Authority, provide Forrestall with a platform to create a series of paintings that will promote the beauty of Malta through an artist's eye.” Woodward added, “We appreciate that Forrestall is also willing to share his insights on painting in Malta with Corinthia Palace guests as well as the public at the Artist Salons.”

Following the conclusion of the Artist in Residence programme with Tom and Monica Forrestall, Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa will develop curated painting holiday packages, ‘The Perfect Places to Paint in Malta’, based on Forrestall's notes and comments on his own painting experience in Malta.

Paul Bugeja, CEO, Malta Tourism Authority, commented “Malta has attracted many artists in the past, the most famous being Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, but none from North America. We are confident that the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa's Artist in Residence initiative with Tom Forrestall will no doubt attract more amateur painters and art lovers to Malta, adding another dimension to Maltese tourism promotion in the USA & Canada."

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