The work of Alex Malcolmsom,Â who uses all manner of materials to create stunning, often multi-layered images, comprises part of the current exhibition at one of my favourite art galleries, the Open Eye, in Edinburgh.Â
Born in Shetland in 1955, Alex studied at Edinburgh College of Art in drawing, painting and printmaking. I metÂ him at the Private View of this exhibition, where he told me he explores construction as catalysts from old timber washed ashore, old maps, conversations – as he puts it – between abstraction and figuration, between actual space and illusions.
Major themes are ships and shoreline, including carvings of sea birds like the Canada Goose. As well as time in Padua, Italy, Alex spent seven years in the Northern Isles, teaching painting and exhibiting before moving to Edinburgh to work as curator of the Scottish Crafts Collections – now part of the National Museum of Scotland.
In a change of direction in 1985 the artist established the Godfrey and Watt Gallery in Harrogate in Yorkshire, with his wife, Maryow being , and now primarily based there, Alex is able to spend time developing his own work.
This exhibition runs until 1st June 2016.
The Open Eye Gallery,Â 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh
Open: Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.