One tool that an artist has that seems to either go assumed or ignored by the public is patience. The ability to be still, focused on a single movement contained within a larger piece is a talent that helped to bring to life the work of everyone from the Renaissance era old masters to the modern day pixel-based designer. Stillness and patience are vital elements in the work of Norwegian artist Sverre Malling, who, with each piece captures the solitude of a single idea, a still-life from a new old master.
Malling’s drawing ‘Norwegian Muskox‘ is an exquisite example of what he is capable of. The drawing stands massive at 180 cm x 263 cm (approximately 6′ x 9’), both immense and tender, the drawing is a work of realism, but for foreign eyes, the animal is a surreal beast — a strange amalgam of the wooly mammoth and the bison. It is perfectly balanced, the heft of the coat and weight of the animal tethered to the Norwegian soil. From a distance Malling’s delicate pencil work is reminiscent of H.R. Giger‘s airbrushed pieces — a shared monochromatic palette minus the technical attributes. ‘Norwegian Muskox’ is a masterwork — a drawing that inspires awe with its sheer size and depth of layered graphite.
The print of ‘Norwegian Muskox’ is a bit short of the original’s size at 106 cm x 75 cm (approx 42″ x 28″) but is an accurate reproduction of Malling’s drawing. The print has an edition of 150 with a price tag of £1,200 and is available from London based gallery Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery.