Mali Morris explores in her abstract paintings how colour can construct luminosity, building complex layers of pictorial space; she investigates the language of painting, its ever-changing expressive possibilities, and how it could relate to our experience in the world.
Born in North Wales, she graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (Fine Art BA) in 1968, and the University of Reading (MFA) in 1970. 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 35 solo shows worldwide, and has been included in numerous group shows, in London at the Barbican, Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, at the 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 Award. Her work is held in many public and private collections.
Mali Morris has been a Visiting Lecturer at departments of Fine Art across the UK, 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, is a Trustee of Poetry London, and in 2010 was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where she exhibits annually.