about Malcolm

about Malcolm

“From the time I was very young, I revelled in watching animals and plants: even the smallest fills me with wonder. The mixture of peace and revitalisation that overwhelms anyone enjoying Nature has driven my soul and, therefore, my art and photography.” 

Malcolm grew up in the Eastern Cape, South Africa encouraged to pursue his interests. In 1997 he graduated in Fine Art, majoring in painting and printmaking.

 Yearning for adventure, Malcolm took to travelling and working around the world: “My plan was to experience diverse cultures, but more, to see animals in their particular environments all over the world. Finally, back in South Africa, Malcolm decided to focus on his passion for wildlife, and became a game ranger at Kirkman’s Kamp in the greater Kruger National Park.  “This bush era was an incredible time of my life – unadulterated soul food. The dichotomy of nature’s brutality balanced by its glory reinforces our tiny part in the 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 where he had a working studio/gallery for 10 years.
He and his family have immigrated to New Zealand, settling in Tauranga.  They have spent many hours exploring the area, enjoying the beaches, as well as hiking further afield around Hawkes Bay and doing the Tongariro Crossing. A whole new world of sound, colour and subject matter so different and diverse to  his African era will emerge onto canvas.
One of Malcolm’s loves is flyfishing, where he continues to immerse himself in the beautiful soulfood surroundings of New Zealand. 

Malcolm Bowling in his art studio
Malcolm Bowling South African Artist

Malcolm was honoured to have one of his large canvases hung in the Cape Town International Conference Centre in 2019.

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 mindfulness. If only more people would take the time to watch, to listen…”