The multi-talented Malen Pierson can best be described as a folk artist, a collector of found objects, and a true innovator when it comes to the integration of old tools, farm equipment, antiquities, and all forms of metal. Few people have the creative vision to see what discarded items can become. Yet Pierson skillfully practices the art of fusion – weaving rare and abandoned metals, tools, and recycled materials into highly desirable art forms.
Malen’s artistic success is due to his truly unique welding and assemblage process. His style incorporates a dense composition of various metals and found objects into full sized horses, moose, goats, buffalo, herons, and other farm animal sculptures. His paintings also explore his sense of whimsical fancy, and are 3-dimensional in their multi-layers and varied textures.
Malen is prolific in his devotion to all things – family, community, and his tireless dedication to his art. He has sold more than 500 pieces of his work, which are now housed in local, national, and international private collections, including those of Robert Redford and Martha Stewart. In 2000, the internationally known Sundance Film Festival, honored Pierson by requesting that he design and produce all of the awards for that year’s prestigious celebration of film.
Prothro Gallery is proud to be able to represent and display many of his sculptures in the gallery.