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The Bone Collector – philosophy and ethics

Collection #1
01 Dec 2016 / in News

This is an excerpt from a forthcoming book with Dr Craig Hilton called ‘Seeds of Life’ which will hopefully be published next year. It currently also appears in the December 2016  issue of Phantom Bill Stickers Cafe Reader Magazine. ————————————————————————————————————————————————— Why did I start collecting and why bones in particular? It’s always easiest to just [...]

Two Small Busts and a Big Mask

IMG_5689 - Copy
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

Sacred- Human Skull / Animal Bones and Sponges in Reliquary Box
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 [...]

MP 40 and Bone Tooth Colt Pistol

Bird Tooth Colt Pistol (left face)
16 Dec 2012 / in News

In December of 2012 two new bone weapons were completed – a life-size model of the German MP40 Machine Gun (or Schmeisser) and a small bird-headed tooth-firing pistol (the’ Bird Tooth Colt’). MP40 The MP 40 was often called the “Schmeisser” by the Allies, after weapons designer , Hugo Schmeisser.  Schmeisser had designed the MP [...]

BONE PISTOLS

DuellingSet_2
25 Aug 2012 / in News

Two bone dueling pistols (with spare bullets) mounted in a custom tailored case (with upholstery by Wellington jeweler Vaune Mason). To enable functionality and ease of display this one-of-a kind object has been counter-sunk into a specially made rimu table. All of the bones were found locally by the artist. The head on the bottom [...]