Kenneth Zammit Tabona

Kenneth Zammit Tabona (b. 1956) is an eminent Maltese artist and illustrator. Perhaps best known for his watercolor depictions of Maltese interiors and landscapes, Kenneth Zammit Tabona provides a multifaceted look at Malta, his home that have been described as nostalgic poems in colour. His fuoridentros, a term coined by the late lamented Professor Fr Peter Serracino Inglott, are timeless narratives of still life within a space cluttered with Louis XV chairs, chinoiserie, Maltese silver and the ubiquitous chessboard tiles. The denizen of these paintings is more often than not the artist’s beloved black and white tomcat Felic. The theme of the landscape often features as one of the most abiding concerns within the artist’s oeuvre. Landscapes feature out of the windows of the fuoridentros and on the walls of these beautiful rooms with their billowing curtains; dominating a particular social scene or interior, often framed through a compositional device. Zammit Tabona has over the last thirty years produced a body of work that translates the balmy atmosphere of a Mediterranean summer evening or a storm at sea within his unique pictorial language. Swirls of color expertly rendered through the aqueous watercolor medium fluidly and effortlessly evoke the Mediterranean coastline, with its sublime light and tranquil atmosphere.
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