Born: 5 February 1945
Elected RA: 16 March 2010
Mali Morris was born in North Wales and studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, BA (1963-68) and the University of Reading, MFA (1968–1970).
Her concentrated compositions engage the viewer in the contemplation of pure abstraction, in which colour relationships structure a luminosity that emanates, creating complex layers of space. They explore the language of painting, and its ever-changing expressive possibilities.
Her first major exhibitions were at the Serpentine Summer Show 3, London, 1977 and the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1979. Since then she has held over 30 solo shows worldwide, and has been included in numerous group shows, at the Barbican, Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Whitworth Gallery Manchester, Museum of Wales Cardiff, as well as a number overseas.
She has received awards from the Arts Council, British Council, DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Elephant Trust, GLAA, The Lorne Award and the Sunny Dupree Family Award, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009.
She has been a lecturer and examiner at many departments of Fine Art, and from 1991-2005 was Senior Lecturer in Painting at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London. She is an Artist-member of the charity A.P.T., Creekside, South London, where she has her studio, and is a Trustee of the charity Poetry London.
My Studio Life
A painting offers another world to enter; essentially it is just inert stuff on a flat surface, but I love the way this visual language can come to life, opening up space and sensation...
Mali Morris RA - Selected CV
Recent Solo Shows
2012 Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno
Back to Front, Eagle Gallery, London
2010 The Cut Gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk
Royal Academy of Arts, London
2008 Mali Morris: New Paintings, Poussin Gallery, London
2005 and 2007: Robert Steele Gallery Project Room, New York
2005 Mali Morris: Work From Four Decades, Poussin Gallery, London
2002-3 Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, touring show
2000, 2004, and 2005 in Tokyo, Japan
Recent Group Shows
2014 Colour/Boundary, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Switch, Pulchri Gallery, The Hague, Holland.
Odelay and Wishpool with Stephen Lewis, Kapil Jariwala, London
2013 Without an Edge there is no Middle, Pluspace, Coventry
Painting Past Present: A Painters Craft, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Pop and Abstract, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Panel Paintings, Eagle Gallery, London
Conversations, Clarendon Studios, London
Atomic, Alli Sharma for Transiton Gallery, London
Untitled 1:Glitch, Peackock Yard, London
Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London
2012 Double Vision, Lion and Lamb Gallery, London
New Possibilities: Abstract Paintings from the 70s, Piper Gallery, London
Finger, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London
Pressure Drop and Hoopla, Berwick Watchtower, Berwick upon Tweed
2011 Uncaught Hares, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London
Arts Council England
Contemporary Arts Society
Government Art Collection
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Arts Project
Guilford House Gallery, Guilford
London Borough of Hounslow
New Hall College, Cambridge
Triangle Workshop Collection, New York
Universty of Chichester
University of Lethbridge, Canada
University of Reading
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne