Torri ta’ Santa Marija, Comino /40, 2021
by Maximilian Saliba and hand-pulled by Island of Print
- 30cm by 30cm print size
- 40cm by 40cm mounted
- 43cm by 43cm framed
- Series 1A
- 4 colour silk-screen print
- Edition 6/40
Walking by these magnificent towers for over 20 years and recently researching their history inspired me to create an illustrated collection featuring coastal watchtowers and fortifications found all over the Maltese Islands.
The first series, will be one of many screen-prints by ‘Island of Print’, featuring the 5 still standing coastal towers built by the Knights of St John found on Gozo and Comino, from dusk till the night sky.
Series 1A includes, ‘Torri ta’ Mgarr ix-Xini’, ‘Torri ta’ Isopu’, ‘Torri tad-Dwejra’, ‘Torri tax-Xlendi’, and ‘Torri ta’ Santa Marija, Comino’.
Max started painting and experimenting with different mediums at the age of 14 where he was also fascinated by graphic design and print. Following his degree, his love for design and visual communication has extended his professional career, where he worked as a freelance designer on various projects with local and foreign businesses mainly on branding, magazines, books, advertising, and digital/web (UX/UI design). Max is also a self-taught printmaker specializing in silkscreen printing and design.
During his career, Max collaborated with many local artists, including Jimmy Grima at
Tiny Island Studio and Rubber Bodies Collective. Together they worked on exhibiting
printed work for a local event and created the very first limited-edition silkscreen prints inspired by local surroundings. Max has also launched his solo edition of prints as a tribute to David Bowie in 2019, which was illustrated on the same day of Bowie’s death in 2016, where it got featured internationally on dezeen.com and creativebloq.com
Max still works as a freelance designer and in 2019 he set up his own print studio & 'Island Of Print' based on Gozo.
'Island Of Print' main concept is to build a community giving artists the possibility to
collaborate and create editions of silkscreen prints.