Godwin Cassar







Godwin Cassar

Godwin Cassar



Godwin Cassar an architect/planner by profession retired as Director General of the Malta Environment & Planning Authority in January 2009 after a 36-year career in the public service, 17 years of which heading the executive level at the Authority. Before the Authority was founded he was instrumental in setting up new structures, training staff and leading a team of around 50 professionals in drawing up the first Structure Plan for Malta. In April 1996 he was admitted as Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK). In July 1998 he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Central England, Birmingham in recognition of his ‘distinguished services to planning’. Towards the end of his career he was actively involved with university academia in formulating the national strategy for sustainable development.

On his retirement he started looking for new interests as a break from the high pressure job he had become accustomed to. He first published ‘Planning Matters’ a collection of essays and other writings on planning issues written between 1985-2008. In the summer of 2009 he followed a short course on painting & drawing under the guidance of a young artist Matthew Cassar at the Carmelite Priory in Mdina. This course included mainly still life drawing and portraits in ink and pencil. In October of the same year he joined the first year of the arts foundation course at the School of Arts which introduced him to new techniques in poster colours

Soon after the successful conclusion of the first year exam at the School of Arts in May 2010 he enrolled for private tuition in watercolours under the guidance of Vincent Amos, a British resident artist who formerly lectured at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom where he was also an Arts Director.

In 2012 he participated in the 11th National Art Exhibition organised by the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Between April and June of 2013 Godwin Cassar followed an intensive workshop of 16 sessions under the guidance of leading watercolourist John Martin Borg in landscape painting. The workshop included live demonstrations and hands-on experience; appreciation of landscape types; composition; skies, depicting space, perspective; techniques in watercolour; painting buildings & trees; interpreting water and the use of photography. In June of 2013 he attended a week-long painting workshop in Posara, Italy under the guidance of Thomas Schaller a renowned American watercolourist. Schaller has long been considered one of the foremost architectural artists in the world. In the field, he has won every major award for his artwork. He is increasingly in demand internationally to conduct his watercolour workshop series: 'The Architecture of Light'.

Between 5th September to 31st October staged first solo exhibition at Hilton Malta and exhibited 48 watercolours curated by E.V.Borg. Sold paintings to residents in Malta, Unite Kingdom, America, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, China and Japan.

Cassars watercolours emanate a sense of tranquillity, serenity, peace and rest the result of his cool, observant and reflective nature. His meditative and contemplative approach expose a placidity and unruffled nature suggesting mood, atmosphere and atmospherics. He has a penchant for order, reason and restraint. His landscape, streetscape, seascapes, gardens and skylines capture light and shadow, shapes and forms, space, depth and distance and vibrant light in a figurative and realistic manner - given a romantic and poetic slant.

In the meantime Godwin Cassar has not relinquished all his ties with the profession as he is still involved in a number of areas. He is currently a member of the Commission for Catholic Cultural Heritage set up by the Curia; Faculty board member of the Islands and Small States Institute University of Malta and Member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Institute of Earth Systems, University of Malta.

2012 -11th National Art Exhibition organised by the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce 28th September- 31st October
2013 Solo exhibition of 48 watercolour paintings at Hilton Malta 15th September -30th October
2014 Art Discussion Group 3rd May -25th June Cavalieri Hotel
2014 Malta Horticultural Society Spring Flower Show San Anton Gardens 17th-18th May
2014 - Art Club 2000 at Mdina Local Council Corte Capitanale, Misrah il-Kunsill 29th June- 13th July
2014 - Art Club 2000 at Ministry for Gozo2nd August-28th August
2014 - Art Club 2000 at St Publius Street Mellieha 30th August-8th September
2014 - Washes collective watercolour exhibition Zabbar Sanctuary Museum 25th July-10th August
2014 -- Art Discussion Group at Malta Society of Arts 28th July-28th August
2014 Malta Society of Arts annual exhibition 25th September-31t October
2014 - Din l-Art Helwa Casino Maltese 13th -18th October
2014 Malta Community Chest Fund auction 11th-20th November


August 2013


evening in Venice by Godwin Cassar


landscape by Godwin Cassar


Sta Maria della Salute Venice by Godwin Cassar


Seascape Greece by Godwin Cassar


St Paul Church Rabat by Godwin Cassar


marsalforn gozo by Godwin Cassar


landscape by Godwin Cassar


landscape by Godwin Cassar


landscape by Godwin Cassar


boats at quay by Godwin Cassar


Old Theater Street Valletta by Godwin Cassar


Birgu waterfront by Godwin Cassar


San Blas Gozo by Godwin Cassar


Piazza Navona by Godwin Cassar


Birgu waterfront by Godwin Cassar


Florence by Godwin Cassar


Siggiewi main square by Godwin Cassar


view across Grand Harbour by Godwin Cassar


Valletta roof tops by Godwin Cassar


landscape by Godwin Cassar


tug boat by Godwin Cassar


Kalkara creek by Godwin Cassar


Maritime museum by Godwin Cassar


Xlendi Gozo by Godwin Cassar


Qrendi centre by Godwin Cassar


Balzan main square Malta by Godwin Cassar


Msida yact marina by Godwin Cassar


landscape Burmarrad by Godwin Cassar


landscape Rabat/Mdina by Godwin Cassar


landscape Zebbug Gozo Malta by Godwin Cassar


Delimara coastline by Godwin Cassar


Captain's garden by Godwin Cassar


Fort St Angelo by Godwin Cassar


Attard Parish Church by Godwin Cassar


Laferla cross by Godwin Cassar


St Wistin Avenue by Godwin Cassar


secluded garden by Godwin Cassar


Ta'Xbiex yacht marina by Godwin Cassar


Rabat/Mdina landscape by Godwin Cassar


Landscape Gozo by Godwin Cassar


Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica Zebbug by Godwin Cassar


St Paul's Square Mdina by Godwin Cassar


Mesquita Square Mdina by Godwin Cassar


Mdina Malta by Godwin Cassar


Mdina Malta by Godwin Cassar


St Paul Square Mdina Malta by Godwin Cassar


Boats at Marsaxlokk by Godwin Cassar


landscape Rabat by Godwin Cassar