Alex Malcolmson was born in Shetland and studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art. He worked as a teacher and curator before establishing a gallery in Harrogate which he ran for 25 years. Since 2010 he has concentrated fully on making and exhibiting his own work.
He has exhibited regularly at the Open Eye Gallery inEdinburgh, the Yew Tree Gallery in Cornwall, Twenty Twenty in Shropshire, the Bircham Gallery in Norfolk, St Judes in London and Godfrey & Watt in Harrogate.
"Most of my work is in the form of box constructions and sculpture made mainly from wood; carved and painted, sometimes using found materials. The sailing vessel often provides the subject matter and sometimes furnishes the raw material for the work. Trips to Shetland are usually where inspiration is found. I look closely at the work of Joseph Cornell and BenNicholson as well as Picasso’s synthetic cubism. The decoy carvers of America’s eastern seaboard are also a source of ideas but perhaps most important to me is the work of the unnamed makers of ship dioramas and marine folk art.”
Alex Malcolmson August 2019