Bio: Malayka Gormally works in the contemporary art field as a figurative painter, curator, and commission portrait artist. Malayka currently has a two-person exhibition (with her husband, Tom Gormally) at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum (IA). Her paintings are included in the City of Seattle Portable Works Collection, the Safeco Insurance Collection, and have exhibited in numerous exhibitions in the United States. In 2017 she was awarded a 4Culture Art Projects Grant to create portraits of immigrant and refugee women in King County, WA.
Since 1997 Malayka has been doing portrait paintings commissions, creating portrait paintings for over one hundred collectors in the United States and Europe, including individuals who have served as board members for the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Palm Springs Art Museum. One of her portrait paintings was shortlisted for the 2014 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual exhibition in London.
Artist Statement: I’m interested in using color and the figure to explore connections and conflict between people of different races and generations, as well as how people inhabit their bodies while in public. I grew up in Berkeley during the civil rights and counter-culture movement, surrounded by protests and hippies in tie-dye clothing. My father was an immigrant, which has been part of the inspiration for my series of ink/watercolor portraits of immigrant and women refugees, funded by a grant by 4Culture, King County, Washington. In another body of work, Beachlife, my paintings focus on the unselfconscious beach culture of Spain and Italy.