From the time I was very young, I revelled in watching animals and plants: even the smallest fills me with wonder. There is a dichotomy of peace and revitalisation when one is enjoying Nature. It has driven my soul and, therefore, my art and photography.”
Malcolm grew up in the Eastern Cape. In 1997 he graduated in fine art, majoring in painting and printmaking where his final focus was abstract and textured.
Yearning for adventure, Malcolm took to travelling: "My plan was to experience diverse cultures, but more, to see indigenous animals in their environment all over the world.” It was a slow start; he lived in London for five years cultivating his graphic and DTP skills, focusing primarily on photography. Then he spent a year backpacking the east coast of Australia and a year in New Zealand, working on a wine farm in Marlborough on the South Island. It was here in a cottage at the base of Mount Tapuae-o-uenuku in the Awatere Valley that his first bird, a Fantail, emerged on paper.
South East Asia was his home for the next four months: encountering Orangutans and Gibbons in Sumatra; visiting the Perhentian Islands and the jungles of Taman Negara in Malaysia; being chased by Komodo dragons; and snorkelling with manta rays near Flores, were some of the highlights.
Finally back in his beloved South Africa, Malcolm decided to focus on his passion for wildlife, and became a game ranger at Kirkman's Kamp in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve which is on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park.
"This bush era was an incredible time of my life - unadulterated soul food. The balance of nature's brutality versus its glory reinforces our tiny part in the real life cycle of our Earth. I came out replenished, with thousands of extraordinary sightings and photographs."
Malcolm left the Bush to settle in the Whale Capital of the Western Cape - Hermanus. Lions, elephants, leopards and birds of riverine forests and scrubland were replaced by sea-creatures like whales, dolphins and seals, and fynbos-dwellers like sugarbirds.
Malcolm presently has a studio/gallery in Hermanus. This creative space offers him a place where he can work and exhibit, as well as show some beautiful wooden sculptures by Boniface Chikwehere and Richard Pullen's ceramics, which won the Ceramics Eastern Cape 2015 Award for Excellence.
For many years now, Malcolm has been captivated by birds. He does not claim to be a fanatical twitcher, but has always had a passion for these bright-eyed creatures. "I strive to capture the birds’ posture, character and temperament. The attentive stillness required to observe a bird going about its business, is akin to the mindfulness that is such a buzzword. If only more people would take the time to watch, to listen…"
Malcolm’s pencil and digital colour range, which include his birds, are dedicated to prints. The prints are available in the original line drawings, or, uniquely, as digitally-coloured prints which have been realistically interpreted by the artist. An addition to his repertoire came when separate commissions came for him to draw Ngunis as gifts. Pencil drawing is an exacting skill, so oils enabled him to use larger canvases. Next he was painting birds, Ngunis and buffalo.