Joseph George DeBattista and Mr. Jonathan Vella
Jessica DeBattista and Mrs. Kate Gonzi
Guests at the exhibition, 'Nudes Beauts & Dudes'
Launch of novel by Jessica de
Battista, "Out of the Shadows'
The Society of
Arts, Manufactures and Commerce is hosting an art exhibition
by Jessica DeBattista. The four spacious halls are the
setting for Jessica’s 6th personal exhibition,
with works executed these last eight years.
One hall is
dedicated to her collection of painted sculptures in
Perspex. These works painstakingly executed on various
thicknesses of Perspex
painted in acrylics, evoke an ethereal effect. Religiously
inspired in their majority, and imbued with symbolism which
harks to the Middle Ages, these works uplift the spirit and
lull the senses into a feeling of tranquility.
In contrast to
the cool blues and mauves in the aforementioned works, the
chromatic power of her portraits, which congregate in
another room, jolts one out of this serenity and flings him
back into a world of man. Pastels predominate in this
section, a medium that Jessica has a penchant for when it
comes to executing a portrait.
The two other halls in
Palazzo De La Salle are reserved for her Nude Figure
paintings. Jessica has always felt motivated by the figure
to the extent that we rarely see works where it does not
feature. But whereas before, we tend to see the figure
placed in adramatic setting,
here we see her making use of the nude figure to be admired
for its own sake. Her sense of colour comes to the fore in
the sensitive use of varied palettes ranging from the
quasi-monochrome to the subtle nuances of a limited palette
and on to the powerful contrast of complementary colours
juxtaposed in such a way as to create a disturbing effect.
further enriched this exhibition by showing another facet of
her artistic interests as she is promoting her novel ‘Out of
the shadows’ in this venue.