Mali Morris RA (b. 1945)

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 40 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. In 2022 she was shortlisted for the David and Yuko Juda Foundation Award.

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 a Founder-member of the charity A.P.T, Creekside, South London, where she has her studio. She was Visiting Artist at Vermont Studio Center, USA in 2017, and from 2019 - 2020 was Professor of Painting at the RA Schools. A monograph, Mali Morris: Painting was published by RA in 2019. She is featured in Turps Banana, Issue 28, February 2024, and a talk by Mali Morris on her work is at Norwich & Norfolk Festival, 15 May 2024.


Royal Academician


Born: 1945 in Caernarfon, Wales, United Kingdom

Nationality: British

Elected RA: 16 March 2010

Elected Senior RA: 1 October 2020

Professor of Painting: 2019 - 2020

Gender: Female

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Works by Mali Morris in the RA Collection

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