Thorns and Roses
“Thorns & Roses” Exhibition at the “Razzett tal-Markis”, Mosta, Malta.
Paintings by Carmen Vella Gauci.
Sculptures by Joseph Agius.
Sketches by Raymond Agius.
Ir-Razzett tal-Markiż Mallia Tabone,
Triq Wied il-Għasel,
Official opening the 20th August 2016.
Open to the public from the 21st August till the 3rd September 2016.
Raymond Dominic Agius was born on the island of Malta on the 24th May 1955.
He grew up with stories of hardship and sacrifice from a population just two decades out of WWII. In the 1950s and 1960s, most Maltese were living a subsistence existence in surroundings still marred by un-repaired bomb damage. Stories told by the elders in his village and fourpenny war comics influenced him greatly, and rarely a day passed without a sketch or a doodle from his young hand.
In the following years, his interest in the machinery of war led him to study engineering. He specialized in large guns and high-speed machinery. After seven years of service with the British Royal Navy in Malta, he immigrated to Australia in 1978.
There he returned to his university studies, and later joined the automotive industry, working for the General Motors subsidiary, Holden. He progressed through increasingly responsible leadership positions in various departments, including safety, tool and die, automotive body engineering, and design.
He also re-discovered his love of art. His one great hobby away from work was painting and drawing, making the pen and brush his new weapons of choice.
Since retiring in 2007, he has specialized in portraiture as well as figurative, technical and military art. He has worked as an illustrator for books and designed comic and graphic novels. In 2008 he partnered with Guzi Gatt and Michael Galea creating the Maltese language “Gaw Gaw” comics.
In 2013 he presented his first solo art exhibition in Malta, “Behold the People,” a highly-praised collection of portraits of well-known Maltese poets, writers, artists, musicians, entertainers and social activists.
“The Malta Pedestal Convoy” is his second exhibition, and harks back to his love of war comics. A new book on important Maltese personalities through the ages, written by the renowned Marquis Nicolas DePiro, also includes many portraits by Mr. Agius. A third solo exhibition scheduled for 2015 will be based on legends, myths and ghost stories from Maltese folklore.
Raymond lives in Malta, Australia and the USA with his partner Christine.