Alex Malcolmson: Ship to Shore
This exhibtion of new works by Harrogate based artist Alex Malcolmson features his signature construction pieces and further exploration into his subject matter:
“Frequently a construction will start with a discovery. This may be a substantial piece of timber washed ashore, a rusty washer or perhaps an old map. This will often provide the catalyst for the work, it may even become part of the piece or equally it could be set aside having done its job in plotting the course a work will take.
Most of my pieces involve some kind of conversation about abstraction and figuration, between actual space and the illusion of space, between craft and art. The themes of ship and shoreline seem to provide fertile ground for this debate.” Alex Malcolmson 2016
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. In 1985 he co-established Godfrey & Watt gallery in Harrogate where he is based, but now spends the majority of his time developing his own practice.