Yeah I know the title brings back memories.  I feel you, in fact I’m gonna listen to the song right now.  Any who, I know a lot of people still feel pissed after the incident with the so called “vandalism” on the new butt ugly entrance in Valletta.

I mean, what the hell?  Why cover such a beauty and call it vandalism?  I guess we know that it was done illegally andgybv technically it’s called vandalism but still why not promote mural art?  For every area their own theme obviously.  Would it hurt Valletta if mural art was focused to improve the aesthetic monstrosity done to such a beautiful capital city?

Forget the term graffiti, I prefer to call them murals.  For those who might have forgotten, murals are the first form of artistic expression discovered by society.  The first cave painting ever discovered in Europe dates back to the Aurignacian period, approximately 40,000 years ago.  These were found in the El Castillo cave in Cantabria, Spain.

It is believed that cave paintings were used as a form of communication between wandering Neanderthals to point out sources of food and dangers.  More than 300 cave walls containing prehistoric art were found all over France and Spain, all depicting similar techniques.

Years passed and murals kept being used by different cultures including inside Egyptian tombs, Minoan palaces and in Pompeii.  In modern days, the murals became well known with the help of the Mexican “muralista” art movement.  This movement was started in the 1920s, generally with social or political messages to reunify the county under the post Mexican Revolution government.  This was headed by the three big painters, Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros.  A large number of murals were created on the walls of public buildings, starting a tradition which is still commonly followed in Mexico, which has also had a huge impact in other parts of America, including also the United States which served as an inspiration for the Chicano Mural Movement.

iiiAs you can see on the side, is one of the murals done by Diego Rivera portraying the pre-Columbian Aztec city of Tenochtitlan in the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City.

Different mural techniques have been used throughout the years, varying from fresco paintings such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel painting to more modern techniques such as oil painting, acrylic paints applied by brush, roller or aerosol.

Justin Bonnici, is one of the mostly well known mural artists in Malta.  1998 was the year when Justin discovered his true passion and the love for art.  Born in 1992, Justin Bonnici started to learn by simply observing and experimenting on his own. It was then, when he realized it was time to attend art school to improve his skills.  His style is mostly based on bio-realism and surrealism.  In 2011 he wanted to go bigger and feel free to show his true nature.  Taking it as a new opportunity to meet artists, Justin started to apply his artistic skills into murals around Malta.

Simply with the use of aerosol, Justin is able to create different artistic expressions based on his own style.  Other works can be found in Fgura, next to the church, skate park in Msida and Zion Reggae Bar.  Justin has also opened his own tattoo studio, Justink.  When asked how he manages to do all this and keep his passion so alive, Justin simply answered:

Art is a never ending story

Anyone interested to see more of Justin’s murals, one can simply join his Facebook page Justins graff works.

At the end of the day, what is the significance of modern murals nowadays?  Murals have been used to send jnhbgfmessages to the public. Besides offering a much needed aesthetic touch and colour to the modern day urbanisation, they help people get exposed to art.  A lot of people including myself know very little about art, so why shouldn’t we be given the chance to stop and enjoy such beautiful artwork?  Adding colour to such a dull environment can only help people benefit and consciously or subconsciously relieve stress to the attitudes of passers by.

Following the common choice of a vivid and contemporary lifestyle, murals have now been added as a delicate touch in the world of interior designing.  The walls in our houses have also become our little master pieces to enjoy whilst spending your private time sitting comfortably on your favourite piece of furniture.  Varying from traditional hand painted murals to the graffiti style murals.  For the less adventurous ones, tiles styled murals are also being offered on the market.

Having evolved this much in the world of art and becoming more aware and acceptant with regards to this yet unexplored world, why shouldn’t more areas be designed supposedly to promote this kind of art?  We are living in a world of modern technology, yet our minds have still not adapted to change.  Why do we still find people who call these works of art a form of vandalism?  Why can’t people accept that art can be expressed in different forms such as tattoos, piercings etc …?

In such a modern world, with such a busy lifestyle, everybody deserves to add more colour in their life.

Anyone interested to see more of Justin’s murals, one can simply join his Facebook page Justins graff works.

ttrAt the end of the day, what is the significance of modern murals nowadays?  Murals have been used to send messages to the public. Besides offering a much needed aesthetic touch and colour to the modern day urbanisation, they help people get exposed to art.  A lot of people including myself know very little about art, so why shouldn’t we be given the chance to stop and enjoy such beautiful artwork?  Adding colour to such a dull environment can only help people benefit and consciously or subconsciously relieve stress to the attitudes of passers by.

Following the common choice of a vivid and contemporary lifestyle, murals have now been added as a delicate touch in the world of interior designing.  The walls in our houses have also become our little master pieces to enjoy whilst spending your private time sitting comfortably on your favourite piece of furniture.  Varying from traditional hand painted murals to the graffiti style murals.  For the less adventurous ones, tiles styled murals are also being offered on the market.

Having evolved this much in the world of art and becoming more aware and acceptant with regards to this yet unexplored world, why shouldn’t more areas be designed supposedly to promote this kind of art?  We are living in a world of modern technology, yet our minds have still not adapted to change.  Why do we still find people who call these works of art a form of vandalism?  Why can’t people accept that art can be expressed in different forms such as tattoos, piercings etc …?

In such a modern world, with such a busy lifestyle, everybody deserves to add more colour in their life.

 

 

Author: Janica Spiteri

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