When we think about fairy tales many of us vision a world which is picture-perfect, where the protagonists most of the time lived happily ever after, but the original versions of most of these tales aren’t all that rosy, in fact they are rather dark and grim.

‘Grim Tales’ is a collection of 13 mixed media paintings by Joseph Bugeja, which explores the origins of fairy tales. Centuries old stories that with time and lots of variations became tales to read to our kids and which had made such an impact on our imagination when we were young ourselves. How these folkloristic tales became so famous throughout the whole world, shaped our childhood and where they inspired by actual events or where they totally the fruits of an author’s imagination?

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