January 2020

To celebrate Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020, I will be delivering a series of Saturday workshops and Thursday night sessions at Watford Museum this January and March. See my teaching schedule or visit the Watford Museum website for more info.


July 2019

Delighted to announce I’ll be having a solo exhibition in Ealing, London. The show entitled The Two Of Us will feature a selection of paintings recently exhibited in Malta (see below).

April 2019

I am absolutely chuffed to announce that I am having my debut exhibition back home in Malta next month. The solo show will take place in the Upper Galleries of the Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de la Salle in Valletta from 2- 23 May. The exhibition is called The Two Of Us and will feature new paintings that explore ideas around portraiture, painting processes, identity, intimacy and the intricate dynamics between artist, sitter and viewer.

The opening evening reception takes place on Thursday 2 May.

Image: You and Me (2019). Acrylic and graphite on canvas. 15 x 21 cm.

March 2019

My painting Say-So features on Watford Museum’s 2019 Space2 gallery Open Call poster and flyer.

February 2019

Two new paintings were shown in a group exhibition at the Space2 Gallery at Watford Museum. Curated by Ross McGuiness, the exhibition was called ‘Why You Will Get Falling In Love Wrong’ and was on until 2 March. The paintings take their cues from the Disney films, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and how these animated adventure present love and romance as the ultimate prize. But some of us stray from the path and find ourselves in scenarios with characters far removed from the fairy tale…

Once Upon A Dream (2019) Acrylic and graphite on canvas. 15 x 21cm.

So This Is Love (2019) Acrylic and graphite on canvas. 15 x 21cm.

So This Is Love also featured on the poster advertising the event.

August 2018
My art piece, ‘Watfordians (100 Years, 100 Lives)’ won First Prize in this year’s Watford Area Arts Forum Harrington Trophy art challenge. The work is comprised of 50 paintings (acrylic on paper) featuring former and current residents of my home town of Watford, inspired by photos from the town archives, online news reports and Instagram and presented in a found photo album inscribed with a dedication dated February 12, 1910. See more images


July 2018
8 drawings are being shown in the first ever Ware Art Trail in Ware, Hertfordshire. The drawings, part of my Home Truths series, can be found at Lulu Coffee Shop on the High Street and can be bought there or drop me a line. The Ware Art Trail features 15 artists and goes on until Friday 27 July.

December 2017 – I have launched a new art school called The Fine Art Room. Courses will start in January and take place in various venues, beginning with courses in Ealing, London. Other courses include a Friday afternoon drawing club which will meet in locations across the capital and an away day to Chichester. For more info about The Fine Art Room and to book courses, please visit The Fine Art Room website.  

The Fine Art Room website front page

November 2017  – A selection of 100 drawings from my Home Truths show was shown at the Orchard Cafe, Singapore Road, West Ealing, London, W13 0EP. The show opened on Sunday 12 November and was on until Friday 24 November.  

Orchard Cafe

October 2017 – My latest solo exhibition is now on at the Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsley, Hertfordshire. The show is called ‘Home Truths (Drawing Daily or Thereabouts)’ and opened on Thursday October 26. It’s on until Friday 10 November and consists of 100 new drawings created from April to August this year.  The gallery space is open Monday – Friday, 11am-4pm. Nearest station is Apsley (approximately 30 minutes from London Euston). More info at the Frogmore Mill website


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September 2017 – Three drawings will be shown at the inaugural Aldenham Art Festival which takes place from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 September.  Work exhibited- Seven Ages of Man (2016), Upstairs (2015) and Please (2015). See below.

Taking place in the village of Aldenham, close to Radlett, St Albans and Watford, in the Hertfordshire countryside, the festival is set in the 750 year old church.  The show is raising funds to preserve the fabric of this beautiful, historic church. The private view takes place on Friday from 6.30-9 pm. For more info, go to the Aldenham Arts Festival website

Seven Ages of Man by Mario Lautier Vella Please by Mario Lautier Vella
Upstairs by Mario Lautier Vella

A huge thank you to everyone who helped with, supported, visited and bought work at my recent solo show at Watford museum. Met new and existing collectors, loads of lovely visitors and had a brilliant experience overall – thanks again.

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July 2017 – Thank you to everyone who made it to the opening reception of my solo show Homebodies at Watford museum on Friday 7 July. Photos: David Shaw.

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New drawing, Requests, made its exhibition debut in group show, Myth & Lore at Styx in Tottenham Hale, London. The show was on from 5-12 January 2017. More info.

– New drawing Seven Ages of Man won First Prize in the 2016 Harrington Trophy Challenge. The theme of this year’s exhibition was Shakespeare and the show took place at Watford Museum in June 2016. Thank you to everyone who voted. 

Seven Ages of Man by Mario Lautier Vella     Winning First Prize for Seven Ages of Man at Watford Museum 2016

– New collages, Permissions I and Permissions II were exhibited at the The 32nd CGP London Annual Open Exhibition, Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park, London in July 2016
– New collages, Permissions I and Permissions II made their exhibition debut at Photography, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, Hertfordshire in February 2016
– The collages and sound piece Prayers From Another Place made its exhibition debut at USB-Shuffle-Show (Four), Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin in January 2016.



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