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Passage of Light – Exhibition by Doranne Alden & Paul Caruana

13 October, 2023 | 9:00 am - 2 November, 2023 | 7:00 pm

Passage of Light – An exhibition by Doranne Alden and Paul Caruana

Curated by Marika Azzopardi

Doranne Alden and Paul Caruana will come together in this joint exhibition exploring light.  Both artists and designers, their common medium is watercolour. They see light in similar but different ways. With the passage of light, colours interact with each other, effecting people and places and our memories of them over time. We exist because of light, therefore we go through the passage of life hand in hand with light. The artists seek to capture special moments where light and colour are key – spreading colours on paper, letting them blend and flow into each other, creating effects through the watercolour medium’s transparency.

Passage of Light – two interpretations, one goal –  Light.

Doranne Alden

Maltese artist, tutor and graphic designer Doranne Alden was first inspired to follow an art career by her father, veteran watercolourist Albert J. Caruana.

She attended the School of Art under the guidance of Joseph L. Mallia, but is otherwise self-taught.

Doranne went into employment immediately after art school as a trainee with a local advertising agency. There, she gained experience in graphic design and compiled a portfolio that landed her a designer job with a bigger agency. During the 1980s she worked for several major advertising agencies, eventually venturing out to set up her own agency with a friend.

In tandem, she also worked as a freelance designer and professional artist, creating Malta-themed postcards, posters, and calendars. Her preferred painting medium has constantly been watercolour and she enjoys working on various subjects. However, she predominantly paints still life, landscapes, and family scenes.

A move to Germany lasting nearly eight years, offered her the opportunity to hold a series of drawing and watercolour classes for adults, join an abstract artists group and participate in several solos and collectives in Germany and in Austria.

Upon returning to Malta, Doranne continued exhibiting with regularity, both as a solo artist and by participating in collectives. Today her works form part of several private collections in Malta and abroad, including the Munich International School in Bavaria.

Over the past 20 years, Doranne has been a professional art tutor in Tuscany, Italy as well as organising painting holidays and art workshops on the island of Gozo. Recently Doranne and her father were featured in ‘Two Generations of Maltese Artistic Families’, a prestigious art publication sponsored by a leading Maltese bank.

Paul Caruana

Maltese watercolourist Paul Caruana is self-taught and does not like to call himself an artist.

 He admits he is still learning, which he feels is what makes his journey unique and rewarding.

He considers his father as being his first real art teacher, critic and guide, and although Mr Caruana senior did not know how to paint, he had a good eye and always knew how to motivate his son. This he did by scribbling drawings on his letters to Paul’s mother sent from his merchant navy postings. And as a child, Paul would scribble something back to his father on his mother’s letters, in reply.

Paul attended art lessons at secondary school level under the guidance of the late Antoine Camilleri, who not only guided Paul through drawing and painting, but also kindled a great sense of pride in his work. Further on, he received guidance from the late Harry Alden, during evening classes at the ex-Polytechnic.

After leaving school, Paul had to rapidly find employment to support the family since his father passed away shortly after Paul turned 16. However, he always found time to work, study, and exhibit, no matter how hard times were. To paint through the whole night and go to work in the morning, and return to his studio to spend hours painting again, was his normal routine.

In 1985 he held his first solo exhibition abroad, after which he held regular solos and participated in numerous collectives in Malta and Gozo. With his predilection for watercolour painting, this studio artist is inspired by life around him, people, and their activities in determined places, and very rarely works from photographs.

Marika Azzopardi – Curator

Marika Azzopardi is a journalist, author and writer by profession.

She graduated in History of Art at the University of Malta, researching vintage and antique jewellery, most specifically 19th Century Maltese filigree. After this, she proceeded to study jewels at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and gems at the Gemmological Institute of America. She began curating exhibitions in 2009 with an exhibition on Maltese filigree, followed by a string of art collectives, solos and joint exhibitions over the years. Her work in the realm of art now focuses on curation and the writing of art reviews and artist interviews, as well as contributing to publications about art and artists in Malta and abroad.


13 October to 7 November 2023


Art Galleries of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta

Opening Hours

Mondays to Fridays: 9am to 7pm
Saturdays: 9am to 1pm
Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

Entrance Fee



13 October, 2023 | 9:00 am
2 November, 2023 | 7:00 pm


Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
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