painter. Toronto.

Some work from it's very inception is grand. Huge in scale, purpose and presence. Josh Malcolm's paintings are meant for grand spaces. Large, cavernous rooms, with plenty of territory for the frenetic lines, and psychedelic colours to hum harmoniously within. Having made his home Toronto for the past 18 years on and off, Josh is deeply familiar with the difficult relationship the art scene can have with large-scale ambitious work. And he does not give a...well, lets just say, he does not care. And as an ambitious artist you shouldn't have to. Even if it means waiting for years for the perfect studio space in a city that is continuously flushing out it's talent with escalating rent and condo developments where they are clearly not needed (please, give it a rest.) The space which he has been splitting with painter Jaan Poldaas for the past 6 months or so is the perfect place for a wizard like Josh to alchemize and deep dive into the complexities of his images. British painter Cecily Brown doesn't describe her large abstract paintings as abstract. She sees within them forms and shapes which represent landscape, activity and the human form. It's hard not to see the same dynamic movement in Josh's energetic work. A giant lizard tongue reaching out to lick an LSD-laced succulent. A lady lounging languidly on a mountainous landscape of dun-coloured waves. A crackling mountain jutting into a sky brimming with tribal masks. It's all there if you hunt it down. Its always rewarding to spend time with paintings that bestow gifts upon you the longer you hang out with them. Josh allowed us a peek at his studio for an aesthetic treasure hunt one day...

Reach out to Josh at joshmalcolmstudio@gmail.com