DIRECTIONS - MAY 18 TO JUNE 9, 2018
Malt is a self taught artist, working and living in Metro Detroit. Working in both aerosol and acrylic painting techniques, Malt explores themes of nature across a broad body of work. From large scale murals and installations to intimate studio work, Malt focuses on the juxtapositions posed by nature - life/death, growth/decay, strength/weakness.
With his recent studio work Malt strives to expand the themes and styles of his engaging public murals, breaking his signature owls and birds to their most essential forms, tapping into the nature of nature itself.
Growing up in Metro Detroit, Malt’s career as an artist began with his passion for skateboarding, graffiti and music. Influenced by the bold lines of graffiti and skateboard graphics, Malt reimagines natural landscapes and the characters that inhabit them, building from psychedelic backdrops to create other-worldly scenes.
“With each process I always work from a basic concept or idea but I truly enjoy the path of the unknown, working without restrictions. I start with the idea and a basic sketch, then I lay down a background. From there I go on the adventure the brush or the can of spray paint takes me."
"I have always been inspired by nature. My earlier work was mainly landscape based but I felt like something was missing. I started painting birds and owls to create dynamic movement within the painting. In my most recent work, I’m focusing on compositional movement and the depth of the canvas with different mediums and abstract shapes." - Malt