Mali MorrisPrintmaker in Focus
“Mali Morris has been freed by abstraction to walk what Matisse called ‘the path of colour’ without the requirement of any direct reference to anything but the joyful manifestations of the light that colours everything and fills the space between.” *
Mali Morris’s explorations into colour and space in painting have made her one of the leading abstract artists working in Britain today. Fascinated by how relationships of colour can structure luminosity, she has continued, since the 1970s, to experiment with the language of painting, arriving at imagery that is both radiant and direct. Mali has also occasionally collaborated with Master Printers, predominantly with Kip Gresham in Cambridge, and is constantly intrigued by the multiple parallels and differences between painting and printmaking.
Mali Morris was born in Caernarfon and during her childhood lived in various locations around North Wales before settling in London in the 1970s. She was elected to the Royal Academy in 2010 and has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad; a solo show in New York took place in October 2022, and a review of her paintings from the past 25 years opens at Ikon, Birmingham in September 2023.
* Mel Gooding, Preface to Mali Morris: Painting, fully illustrated monograph published by RA (2019) with text by Sam Cornish and writings by the artist.