MALCOLM SOLOMON

Sculptor

It's impossible to place him into the confined 'box' of any particular movement in art as his work crosses the boundries of time, genre and subject matter.

People visiting his studio gallery are amazed to discover that its all the work of the same artist and not that of the a dozen or more.

His sculptures range from the truly classical right through to the leading edge of abstract modern art and beyond into an undefined genre of 3-dimensional bronze representations of observations of the abstract mind and creative conciousness.

The common thread among all his works is the profound insight and thought that has gone into each sculpture, with ever deeper layers of information embedded into the work. Some people can 'feel' these deeper layers wihtout being able to name them; and once aware of his insights say "Ah I see".

He has worked with most materials imaginable and done wood and stone carving, furniture, paint finishes, sign-writing, murals, sketching, paintings and made sand models on the border and much more..... He has explored most areas of art and materials and to this day loves and is undaunted by mixing up and experimenting with any material or product.

He spent 4 years in the USA where he carved out a niche market doing custom hand-carved furniture and front doors for the 'jet set' while also experimenting with mould making and various casting mediums. In 2002 he discovered the magical art of bronze casting and fell in love with its unique properties and has derived huge satisfaction in pushing it to the limit of its endurance and how one can achieve the appearance of weightlessness through sheer strength and resilience.

He's inspired by the sublime beauty brutal energy of simple but highly complex wonders of natue that surround us; the contradictory pattern of life on earth and the connections between all things....where nature shows no sympathy or favouritism to the 'cute or precious'. He spends his time reverse-engineering everything that surrounds him, from a micro organism on the hair on a blade of grass to quantum phusics and 'God particle'.
He feels very strongly about the environment and his task to protect and draw awareness to it.

He is fascinated at what we humans do to one another through fear and ignorance....and all justifiably done from behind the safety nets of religion, race or patriotism.....
In 2006 he opened his studion gallery The Keyhole on Main Steet in Plettenberg Bay. This launched his sculpting career and the volume of works that he has done since then is substantial, from small to monumental bronze pieces as high as 7M. To say he loves a challenge is an understatement!

His early works were seemingly simple but all had a deeper hidden focus on poise, balance and flow. His more recent work, aside from many commissions is far more stylized, abstract or organic in nature with much greater attention given to contrasting textures and planes and the effect that light, shadow and reflection work with the sculpture to suggest form and movement. The use of negative spaces and implied shapes where the eye subcondciously completes the form. The subjects of his latest works are about his experiences and observations of life on Earth; as well as 3D manifestations of his thougths on personal, social, financial or his political subjects.