Both the volume and the brilliance of the work Michael Malpass created in his short life is something to behold.  Humdinger is a compelling visual and emotional journey through the life and work of this extraordinary artist, as could only be told by his son of the same name, with help from the family he loved dearly, and the friends he touched.

Page after eye-catching page reveals not only the whimsical "chicken men" sculptures and intricate spheres for which Malpass is best known, but also shares much of the illustration, collage, jewelry, and poetry he created, offering even more insight into the mind of a remarkable artist.

Blending his son's narrative with the artist's own words and anecdotes from those who knew him best, Humdinger takes us beyond Malpass' astonishing body of work, to the man behind the artist, and in doing so invites the reader to experience a truly unique level of understanding and appreciation. 



160 pages
230 color and b/w photos and illustrations
9" x 12" hardcover
© 2018 Chicken Man Media


About the Author

Michael A. Malpass, son of artist by the same name, is a writer and middle school teacher. He began writing about his father at 19 years of age, at first to ease the pain of losing a parent, but as time passed to honor the life and contributions of an extraordinary artist and man.

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