Alex Malcolmson

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About the artist - Alex Malcolmson

Alex Malcolmson (b.1955) constructs wooden box forms incorporating nautical and architectural elements.

Alex Malcolmson was born in Shetland in 1955 and studied drawing, painting and printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art. He worked in the Northern Isles for seven years, teaching, painting and exhibiting before moving back to Edinburgh to work as curator of the Scottish Crafts Collection, now part of the collection of The National Museum of Scotland. For 25 years he ran Godfrey & Watt in Harrogate, a gallery which exhibited fine work by makers and artists from throughout the UK. He now concentrates full time on his box constructions inspired by sailing trips, marine folk art, the tradition of decoy making and ship dioramas. His bird sculptures combine the idea of a bird and a boat, partly inspired by the Shetland tradition of upturning worn out boats for use as a roof; giving the vessel a new lease of life.

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