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.


Sailing trips, the Northern Isles and marine folk art provide much of the inspiration for Alex's work.

For the past ten or so years he has mostly worked in the form of box constructions, made primarily of wood; carved and painted and sometimes incorporating found materials. The slatted birds started with the idea of an upturned boat; a motif Alex has often used in other ways, drawing on the tradition of decoy making.

Sailing trips, most recently in Scandinavia, ship dioramas, objects associated with seafaring and nautical folk art provide a rich source of ideas for the work in this exhibition.

Selected Exhibitions

Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden

'Ghosts of Gone Birds' Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, Shoreditch, London

Vaila Fine Art, Lerwick, Shetland Isles

Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery

St Judes Gallery, Itteringham, Norfolk