Religious mysticism, decadence and faith in eternity interact in an original Good Friday exhibition executed by a young artist.
Yeshua – Fid-Dell tal-Ħarsa Tiegħu (Christ – In the Shadow of His Vision) features Jennings Falzon’s interpretations of the Passion of Our Lord through stunning three-dimensional sculptures, figures, dioramas and paintings that not only show a skilled hand but a deep, reflective mind.
“As an artist, I strive to reveal the truth focusing on the reality of the soul in life, death and beyond,” the 33-year-old artist from Naxxar says.
He does this using a particular style, wherein his figures express raw emotions, especially pain and agony.
“There isn’t one word which can describe my style exactly,” he notes.
“I’m drawn to fantastical concepts merging dramatic and allegorical influences from Greek mythology. This lets me exploit emotions and symbolism innovatively.”
The exhibits on display may recall the classical sculptures of Rodin, Michelangelo and Da Vinci, whom Mr Falzon admires. He is also inspired by Dante Alighieri’s literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy and what he calls “wonderful organic forms of Mother Nature”.
The artist points out that the use of various mediums allows him to be more versatile. These include clay, stone, wood, metal, concrete, epoxy resin, plaster and recycled materials.
Standing out among his works is The Odyssey, a 3D sculpture representing the “path towards redemption”.
“Through The Odyssey, one can experience the abyss − a place of suffering and rebellious emotions inhabited by damned souls and the devil. But the angels of heaven redeem and liberate sins prior to letting the souls enter into eternal ecstasy,” Mr Falzon says.
The artist was intrigued by art from a young age and went on to study three-dimensional design at Mcast. He furthered his studies at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft University Berlin, from where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
Mr Falzon’s life revolves around art and he is also involved in restorations, prop making and stage building. He has exhibited abroad and participated in various local collective and solo exhibitions.
Yeshua – Fid-Dell tal-Ħarsa Tiegħu is open at the Għaqda Mużikali Marija Bambina, Vittorja Band Club, Naxxar, until Sunday. Opening hours: 6 to 9pm; on Good Friday from 9am to noon and from 5.30 to 9pm. On Easter Sunday, it is open between 9am and noon.
For more information about the artist’s work, visit www.jenningsfalzon.com.