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    QUOTES FROM CRITIQUES 

     

     

     

     

    "Though Tony Briffa has been around for quite some time - I must admit that it only with this latest showing I felt fully awakened not only to the innate possibilities residing in his talents but also to a blossoming maturation."

     

    E. Fiorentino - The Sunday Times - Malta

    07-11-1993. 

     

     

     

     

    Hemm tant involviment, kura,  imħabba u paċenzja evidenti f`dan ix-xogħol li l-artist għandu doża qawwija ta liriċita`profonda.

     

    E.V. Borg   - In-Nazzjon  Tagħana

    01-11-1993

     

     

     

     

     

    The stratum of sophistication is mostly conveyed by the intense glow of the glazing. Tony Briffa allows himself not only to be inspired by an inherent good

    taste, but in many instances becomes a direct echo of the beautiful maiolica pieces of the 17th and th18 centuries,"

     

    Dominic Cutajar - The Times.

    1-11-1993

     

     

     

     

    "Their stained, worn, handled, scratched, mottled surface with dribbles and drippings show not only Tony`s technical virtuosity and bravura but also his potential in sensitively creating texture both tactile and sensuous."

     

    E.V.Borg - Malta This Month

    01-1994

     

     

     

    "Ultimately, all Briffa`s small, strange-looking devices exude an aura of ambivalence: it is their meaning or function which is metamorphic in the interpreter`s eyes."

     

    Raphael Vella - The Malta Independent - Malta 

    20-10-1996

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "Conceived more as sculptural pieces, Briffa`s works ask to be touched and caressed, walked around and observed from as many viewpoints as possible."

     

    Lara Stickland - The Times.

    04-11-1996

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "Det er ikke let at finde en keramiker, der kan løfte det keramiske arbejde over det dekorative kunsthåndværkerniveau og tilføre det kunstnerisk vid og bid. Men Tony Briffa fandt mig, og det er godt, for han kan. Og det i grader, hvor jeg, næsten, kan føle trang til at råbe stop, stop, af frygt for at han skal flyve så højt, at vingerne af den kunstneriske skabertrang skal smelte. "

     

    Grethe Olsen - Galleri Emmaus - Haslev, Danmark

    2009​

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "Briffa`s imagination seems boundless, yet this brainstorming is backed by attention to finish, with excellent glazes and harmonious toning."

      

    Jeorg Andersch - The Saturday Mercury - Hobart,

    05-08-1995.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "Għal Briffa il-forma antropomorfika, jigifieri meta oġġet, f dan il-każ vażun jieħu l-forma tal-bniedem, għandha s-sinifikat tal- fertilita tal-ġisem tal-mara, kontenitur tal-ħajja."

     

    Tony De Giovanni  -  L-orizzont.

    03-11-1993

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "Through his humanity, Tony Briffa speaks of la

    condition humaine. He speaks  in the various voices of joy, perplexity, and exaltation familiar to us all"

     

    Joseph Paul Cassar - Corpora brochure 

    08 -1996

     

     

     

     

    " In the fugue the music keeps returning to the main melody, transforming it. So does Mr Briffa's work. It is not an escape, it is a restless quest for variations on an original melody."

     

    Victor Vella -  The Times of Malta.

    30-7-2009

     

     

     

     

     

    "Largely because of the exceptional quality of your work and the extent of your artistic achievement, you have been awarded a grant from  The Pollock- Krasner Foundation."

     

     

    Caroline Black - PKF

    2014

     

     

     

     

    "The exhibited works are clear evidence of the artist’s constant juggling with the form-function paradigm. He intentionally upsets the objects’ equilibrium and renders them unusable not only through a change in size but also through a further dissonant amalgamation of form an image, steering the process of evolution of the object into hybridity"

     

    Vince Briffa - Re- Collection  brochure

    2016

     

     

     

     

     

    "A sculptor by nature, Briffa always departs from the form and seeks to create movement, whilst colour comes in later, particularly through the demand of the ceramic medium. He is in total command of his technique yet there is a struggle that takes place between what he wishes to express and what his medium will offer him."

     

     

    Sarah Chircop  -  Sunday Times of Malta

    May 2016