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Seeds of Life – The Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski’ (New Book for Sale)

07 Jul 2018 / in News

‘Seeds of Life – the Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski’ is a new book by scientist and artist, Dr. Craig Hilton, with a foreword by Dr Billie Lythberg, which has been published by Auckland’s Rim Books. Both men are interested in the ethical and philosophical implications of using biological material (living and non-living) in art to [...]

The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery by Alan Dove Photography
11 May 2018 / in News

In  2018 Mahalski moved back to his hometown and opened the Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery. The Museum fills three rooms of his old Victorian house close to the center of the southern city. Weird, beautiful – and weirdly beautiful – zoological, botanical and ethnological artefacts are artfully displayed in true Victorian collector style.  Wooden [...]

The Bone Collector – philosophy and ethics

Full Page- Collection #1 - Choose best one - Copy
01 Dec 2016 / in News

This is an excerpt from a forthcoming book with Dr Craig Hilton called ‘Seeds of Life’ which will be published this year on Rim Books. ————————————————————————————————————————————————— Why did I start collecting and why bones in particular? It’s always easiest to just put the blame on my parents. My father was a medical specialist and my [...]

Two Small Busts and a Big Mask

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19 Sep 2016 / in News

Mere de Rat (Rat Mother) 195 mm high/ 100 mm deep/265 mm wide . The main skull is from a Vervet Monkey. The creature is cuddling  a rat skull in paws made from ther feet of Black-backed Gull. It also contains bones from Tasmanian Wallabies (Bennett’s Wallaby), Brush-tailed possum, rabbit and snapper. The custom jade base [...]

Human Bones in Art

aztec-skull
26 May 2015 / in News

I find it strange that not many people are prepared to use real human skulls in art today, although their visual representations appear absolutely everywhere. I recently acquired an old skull which had been sitting in the bottom of a cupboard for years and was in very poor condition. I decided to use it in [...]

Three Life-size Busts

Oves Dei - Bone Sculpure- Bruce Mahalski
02 Nov 2014 / in News

Kiribati Warrior (2014) A life-size portrait bust of a warrior from the Kiribati Islands made using paper and wood as the base, crushed bone on the face and thousands of small bones from rabbits, possums, ferrets, stoats, a cat and numerous small birds covering the rest of the object. The spines on the head are [...]

The Bone Guitar

The Bone Guitar(front) by Mahalski/Goldbeard
17 Sep 2013 / in News

The first bone guitar is a collaboration between textural bone artist – Bruce Mahalski and guitar maker David Gilberd of Goldbeard Guitars. It is an   acoustic slim body, steel string(6) dreadnought (1030mm long)  which has been handmade by Goldbeard  from spruce and mahogany. The front and sides of the instrument has been covered in [...]

Limited Edition Prints for sale

Cat Skull M16 Thumbnail
23 Jul 2013 / in News

Bruce Mahalski has joined forces with  multimedia artist, Jeiko Despotovich  to produce a range of  limited edition art prints  featuring some of the recent bone sculptures. The first print features Bone Gun#2 – the M16 replica – as well as labeling the individual skulls and bones used in its construction and the specifications of the [...]

White Circles and Squares

White Square - Bruce Mahalski
23 Jul 2013 / in News

These circular and ‘square’  wall-mounted shields  made from recycled wood, wire, fillers, glues and found/gifted bone material. Each circle is approximately 60 x 60 cm wide and is focused around the skull of a domestic cow or steer. They weigh approximately 14 kilos each. Photos by Michael Hall and Bruce Mahalski White Circle One Contains [...]

AK47 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle (life-size replica)

Ak47 Kalashnikov - (right)2
06 Mar 2013 / in News

The latest bone gun by New Zealand bone artist – Mahalski – is  a life-size AK47 (330mm x 940mm)  featuring bones from  rabbit, stoat, ferret, sheep, , pheasant, wallaby,  snapper, snake, blackbird,  tarakihi, hedgehog, broad-billed prion , thrush,,cat and possum (plus a single bone from the skull of an extinct  moa ). It is displayed [...]