Mali Morris RA North Wales, UK, b. 1945


I think of painting as a never-ending process, an investigation into what I find beguiling and mysterious about pictorial structures, which take in the world, are related to it, but have their own language of light, space and boundary. The imagery in my work, such as it is, comes from this exploration. The prints form an archive, or scrapbook, and the paintings are the work.


- Mali Morris, August 2012

Mali Morris RA 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-five solo shows, and 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.


Her work is in private and public collections worldwide, including the Arts Council England, British Council, Contemporary Arts Society, Government Art Collection, Pallant House, Royal Collection, and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. In May 2007 she was a prizewinner at Creekside Open X 2, and was awarded the Sunny Dupree Prize at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2008. 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 was a selector for John Moores Painting Prize China, in Shanghai. She was a Trustee of Poetry London, 2013 - 2019.


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, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, where she was Senior Lecturer in Painting from 1991-2005.


In 2010 she was elected as a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts.