For the Second consecutive year, Alfie Borg, the Chairman and Founder of Hudson, unveiled “Juxtapose”, a collection of 17 diverse artworks at the Marie Gallery in Tigne, Malta. These mixed media artworks feature iconic figures such as performers; Beyonce, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Freddie Mercury, Mickey Mouse, footballers; Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, and more. The exhibition, running from November 29th to 6th December, showcases the fusion of various artistic elements.
Alfie’s exhibition draws inspiration from Albert Einstein’s profound words, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” The artworks serve as a potent expression of human imagination and the essence of the soul. Each piece narrates captivating stories about aspects of everyday life and explores themes like society, religion, politics, war, and the spirit of humanity.
This artistic space captures the journeys of individuals who emerged from humble beginnings to achieve greatness through imagination, determination, and self-sacrifice. The mixed media artworks on wood, influenced by music, movies, history, religion, and politics, reflect the vibrant art scenes of New York, Los Angeles, and London.
Every artwork in the gallery holds profound significance for the artist Alfie Borg, encapsulating a unique narrative and reflecting personal stories.
Supporting 3 good causes – Children, Dogs & Mother Earth
The funds collected from the art sales will directly support the causes that champion the three pillars of the Hudson Foundation – children, dogs and Mother Earth. The Ukrainian community in Malta, AAA (Association of Abandoned Animals) and Park tal-Majjistral in the north of Malta. These entities were represented by three individuals who shared how the funds provided by the Hudson Foundation last year were utilised for their good cause.
Every generous contribution made during the Art Gallery’s opening period will make a tangible difference in the lives of these individuals, providing hope, care, and protection to those in need. Additionally, it will contribute to making our island, Malta, greener.
Juxtapose Mixed-Media Artworks
The Bad Guy?
This mixed-media artwork delves into the captivating narrative of the legendary character, the Joker. The artwork portrays the journey of an innocent and simple man, highlighting the profound impact that societal rejection and marginalisation can have on an individual’s psyche. The complex and tragic nature of the Joker’s character sheds light on the societal factors that can drive an individual to embrace chaos and darkness.
Her MAJESTY – Beyonce
Overall, Alfie Borg’s mixed media art piece featuring Beyoncé is a captivating and visually stunning representation of the pop star. Through the use of vibrant colours, bold lines, and mixed media techniques, Borg successfully captures the essence of Beyoncé’s power and influence, creating a piece that is both visually striking and conceptually meaningful. The neon sign serves as a visual representation of her nickname, further enhancing the theme of empowerment for women.
Blurred Identities: The Dichotomy of Marilyn & Norma Jean
Monroe and Norma Jean were inseparable, representing the complexities of a human being. Their legacy serves as a reminder that even the brightest stars can have shadows, leaving an indelible mark on the world and reminding us of the fragility and depth of the human experience. The artwork is portrayed from the right, Marilyn the legend, and from the left Norma Jean the woman.
The Silent Way – Money’s Grip on Truth
It explores the intricate relationship between wealth, power, and truth. The focal point of the piece is an elderly man’s profile, his face etched with contemplation. However, what immediately captures attention is the 100-dollar bill affixed to his mouth, symbolising the stifling of truth in the face of money. The artwork prompts viewers to contemplate power dynamics in society, where money often dictates the narrative and suppresses the truth. It serves as a reminder to question the motives of those in positions of wealth and power, urging us to seek truth beyond the allure of material possessions.
The GUARDIAN: Mickey’s Hamsa & The 13 Eyes of Protection
Mickey’s denim suit and red bow create visual contrast, and the presence of two clocks on his torso symbolizes that everything happens for a reason. The artwork encourages viewers to reflect on safeguarding their homes and personal energy, remaining vigilant against negative forces while embracing positivity, higher consciousness, and the belief of God’s greater plan.
“For the Love of Mike” – A Tribute to Micheal Jordan
“For the Love of Mike” celebrates Jordan’s greatness and his profound influence on sports and popular culture. The combination of silver buttons, collage elements, and brass hearts creates a visually striking and emotionally resonant piece. Whether you are a basketball enthusiast or appreciate art that captures the essence of cultural icons, this artwork is a must-see. It serves as a fitting tribute to Michael Jordan’s extraordinary achievements and the love and admiration he continues to inspire.
Grace & Resilience: A Tribute to Audrey’s Enduring Legacy
This artwork is a captivating tribute to the timeless beauty and strength of Audrey Hepburn. It features four colourful portraits of Audrey from different angles, showcasing her iconic elegance and charm. The backdrop of the artwork is a unique wallpaper made entirely of Audrey’s face, adding a layer of depth and symbolism to the piece. It serves as a visual homage to her timeless appeal and her ability to inspire others through her words and actions.
Fusion of Legends: Ronaldo & Messi
The artwork encapsulating the legendary footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi into one footballer is a captivating piece that celebrates the immense talent and impact of these two iconic figures in the world of football. This artwork makes you think about the best attributes and skills of Ronaldo and Messi, creating a unique representation of their greatness, but also their rivalry and admiration for each other. Scrolling around the frame are the words, G.O.A.T. = Greatest of all time.
The juxtaposition of these beloved fictional characters with the biting quote creates a striking contrast. It prompts viewers to reflect on the state of world politics and the need for genuine reform. The use of pop art techniques, such as bold colours and graphic elements, further enhances the visual impact of the piece. It serves as a reminder that the fight against corruption requires vigilance and a collective effort to uphold the principles of justice and fairness worldwide, but can the world ever find a Superman & Batman to deliver true justice to all?
“The King,” is a captivating piece that pays tribute to the legendary musician Elvis Presley. The artwork invites viewers to reflect on the legacy of this musical legend and the impact he continues to have on generations of fans. It also serves as a reminder of the toll that fame can take on an individual.
“Entrapped” is a thought-provoking piece that delves into the complexities of Warhol’s life and artistic journey. It invites viewers to contemplate the pressures and challenges faced by artists, as well as the impact of fame and public perception. Through this artwork, Alfie Borg captures the essence of Warhol’s enigmatic persona and the struggles he encountered, while also celebrating his enduring artistic legacy.
“Believe: A Contemporary Art Reflection on Wealth and Ambition”
This piece invites reflection on the complex relationship between wealth, ambition, and personal fulfilment. It prompts viewers to question conventional notions of success and encourages them to embrace their unique paths towards greatness. In a world where the pursuit of wealth often overshadows personal growth and happiness, this artwork serves as a reminder that true greatness lies in self-belief and the courage to defy societal expectations.
Walts & The Infinite Imagination
“Imagination” by Alfie Borg is a testament to the enduring influence of Walt Disney and his beloved creation, Mickey Mouse. Through a masterful combination of collage, acrylic, and other mediums, Borg captures the essence of Disney’s imaginative world, inviting viewers to embrace their creativity and embark on a journey of wonder and possibility.
Liberation Through Art – A Tribute To David Bowie’s Defiance of Death
David Bowie, the enigmatic artist, had left an indelible mark on the world, defying death and inspiring generations to come.
“War” – What is it Good For?
“War” by Alfie Borg is a powerful piece of art that encourages viewers to reflect on the devastating impact of war. Through its combination of iconic imagery, protest slogans, and symbolic elements, this artwork serves as a call to action, urging society to strive for peace and unity, especially on the current war on Ukraine that has devasted a great country for no real reason but greed.
Farrokh to Freddy
This contemporary mixed media artwork dedicated to Freddie Mercury is a captivating tribute that celebrates his musical legacy. Its intricate composition, attention to detail, and incorporation of tangible elements create a visually stunning and emotionally resonant piece. By immortalizing Freddie’s iconic image and his profound impact on music, this artwork serves as a timeless reminder of his extraordinary life and enduring influence.
Messages To The Holy
“Messages to the Holy” is a beautiful and thought-provoking work of art that is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever struggled with questions of faith and spirituality. This piece is a testament to the power of prayer and the role that faith can play in people’s lives.
Hearts Of Fire
This mixed-media pays homage to the enduring impact of “Scarface” and Al Pacino’s portrayal of Tony Montana. It captures the character’s larger-than-life persona while offering a fresh and imaginative interpretation that even the worst of people often have something good in them.
“The Beatles: A Harmonious Tapestry of Love and Individuality”
A captivating piece of street and pop art that pays homage to The Beatles and their solo careers. The Beatles’ band members were a harmonious juxtaposition of talent and personality. The artwork is composed of four distinct parts, each focusing on one member of the band – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon. Each part celebrates the individual brilliance of the respective member and highlights their unique contributions to music.
The Hudson Foundation
The Hudson Foundation was established to give back to society and “give a voice to the voiceless.” While it’s impossible to help everyone in need, the Foundation focuses on areas close to the heart—children, dogs, and Mother Earth. Aligned with Hudson’s core values, the foundation is mindful of the company’s impact on its surroundings.
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