Bruce Mahalski - Bone artist
Dunedin-based artist Bruce Mahalski has provided commercial artwork, illustrations and cartoons to a range of outlets since the 1980s. An art teacher at Williams School of Art ('Inverlochy Art School') in Wellington between 2004 and 2017, he also had stints teaching screen-printing in Masterton and at Wellington Technical College (Weltec), as well as teaching general art classes to clients at both Independent Living (a group for people with disabilities) and Pablos Art Studios in Wellington. A book, Seeds of Life - the Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski, examining issues around bio-ethics, evolution and the art of collecting, has been released. In 2017 Mahalski moved back to his hometown of Dunedin and opened a Museum of Natural Mystery. This is both a museum which showcases his large collection of skulls and ethnological art, and a gallery where he displays his latest bone sculptures.