Mali Morris on the making of her polymer gravure etching, watch the video on our blog.
Elected an RA in 2010, Mali Morris is known for her abstract paintings that have complex inner rhythms of colour and form. ‘How colour operates is always surprising,’ she says, ‘it makes a luminosity that opens up space in a painting. If you get things right, it can transform flat, inert canvas and pigment into something that is constantly alive and shifting, a world inside a world.
Working on this new print, Drift, with Other Criteria was an education and a pleasure. I discovered just how different making a print is from painting. It was like turning everything inside out. And it's given me some new directions to try out back in my own studio'
Mali Morris was born in North Wales and studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (BA) and the University of Reading (MFA).
Her first major solo exhibitions were at the Serpentine Summer Show 3, London, 1977, and the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1979. She has shown extensively since then in over thirty solo shows, and has taken part in many group exhibitions: John Moores at the Walker in Liverpool, and in London at the Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Hayward Gallery, and the Barbican, as well as a number overseas.
She has held solo shows in London, Tokyo and New York. Angel Row Gallery Nottingham organized a touring show in 2002-3. Poussin Gallery, London, showed Mali Morris: Work From Four Decades in 2005 and Mali Morris: New Paintings in 2008. Mali Morris: Paintings on Canvas and Paper was in the Sir Hugh Casson Room for Friends, Royal Academy, London, 2010, at The Cut, Halesworth, 2011, and at Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, 2012. Back to Front was at the Eagle Gallery London in 2012.
Her work is in private and public collections worldwide, including the Arts Council England, British Council, Contemporary Arts Society, Government Art Collection, Royal Collection, and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. She was Chair of the selection panel for Jerwood Contemporary Painters in 2009, and a Selector/Mentor for Jerwood Painting Fellowships, 2012-13. In 2014 she will be a selector for John Moores Painting Prize China, in Shanghai.
Mali Morris has taught and examined at many Departments of Fine Art, including the Royal College of Art, Slade School of Art, University of Reading, Newcastle University, and Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, where she was Senior Lecturer in Painting from 1991-2005.
In March 2010 she was elected as a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, and shows annually at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions.