Malayka Gormally CV

Born: Berkeley, California                                    Resides: Seattle, WA



B.A.    Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, 1994

Multimedia Monotype Printmaking, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA, 2016

Artist Trust Visual Artist EDGE Professional Development Program, 2015

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, undergraduate studies.1992

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, undergraduate studies,1980

University of California at Davis, Davis, CA, undergraduate studies, 1979


Two-Person Exhibitions

2019 Present / Tense, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, IA

2017    Present / Tense, Spaceworks Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2016    People and Places, curator Barbara Shaiman, Alexis Hotel, Seattle, WA

2003    Introducing Malayka Gormally, Roby King Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA

1995    Malayka Gormally, Dancing Goats Café, Olympia, WA

             Fabric and Paint, Flying Moon Mercantile, Seattle, WA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Like Mother, North Seattle Community College Gallery, Seattle, WA

The Art of Tarot III, Ghost Gallery, Seattle, WA

2018    Pulchra Scientia: The Aesthetics of Discovery, Perlman Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Tenacious, Suzanne Zahr Gallery, Mercer Island, WA

Creativity Persists, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

Like Mother, Tacoma Art Museum’s TAM Local: Community Art Space, Tacoma, WA

2017    @Vis Arts at Bumbershoot, International Fountain Pavilion, Seattle, WA

              10x10x10xTieton 8th Annual International Small Works Exhibition, Tieton, WA

              Inscape Open Studios, INSCAPE Arts, Seattle, WA

              Make America Create Again, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

              Medicine Ball, Erickson Theater Off Broadway, Seattle, WA

              Like Mother, curator Kelly Lyles, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

              Like Mother, curator Kelly Lyles, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016     IN-SIGHT Portrait Exhibition, Hillman City Collaboratory, Seattle, WA

              Like Mother, curator Kelly Lyles, Magnuson Park Gallery, Seattle, WA

              35 LIVE: CoCA Members’ Show, curator Nichole Dement, CoCA at PS35, Seattle, WA    

              Seattle Simplified, Part II, curator Deborah Paine, Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, Seattle, WA

              The CVG Show 2016, juror Lelani Lewis, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA

2015    Art Port Townsend, curator Kathleen Moles, Port Townsend, WA

              Featured Artist, curator Kathryn Roberts, RiseArt, London, UK

2014     Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, London

2006     Local Sightings, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA; screening two art films

2005     Crime Scene, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA

2004     Just A Taste, Monarch Contemporary Art Gallery, Yelm, WA

2002     New Works, Roby-King Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA

              Now Opening, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, WA

2000     Art in Port Townsend, curator Deborah Paine, Merit Award, Port Townsend, WA

              Meet the Creator, Art Detour, Seattle, WA

1999     Art Works, curator MaryAnn Peters, Noodle Works Studio, Seattle, WA

              Valentine Erotica, Allison Beeman Fine Arts, Seattle, WA

              Pratt Fine Art Center Exhibit, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

1998     New Works by New Artists, Harris Gallery, Houston, TX

              Canterbury Fair Juried Art Exhibition, City of Kent, WA

1997    Arts Olympia Exhibition, Washington Center for the Arts, Olympia, WA

1996    Arts Olympia Exhibition, Washington Center for the Arts, Olympia, WA

             The Divine Proportion, Childhood’s End Gallery, Olympia, WA.

1994    Regional Artists, Thurston Regional Planning Council, Olympia, WA


Juried Exhibitions

2016    Artist Trust Benefit Art Auction, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA



2018 The Stranger Things to Do Staff, “Tenacious, Suzanne Zahr Gallery”, SLOG (The Stranger Blog), August 1, 2018

2017   Megan Gallagher, “Present/Tense by Malayka and Tom Gormally”, Artist Trust News / Blog, December 18, 2017

The Stranger Things To Do Staff, “The Best Things to Do in Seattle This Winter”, SLOG (The Stranger Blog), December 6, 2017

Emily Pothast, Julia Raban and Joule Zelman, “The Best Art Shows in Seattle: Winter 2017/2018; Seattle Art and Performance Quarterly magazine, December 6, 2017

Lisa Edge, “Past and Present Tension”, cover article, Real Change, November 22-28, 2017

“New Gallery Openings in Town, Tacoma Weekly, November 22, 2017

Alec Clayton, “‘Present/Tense’, Sculpture, Drawings and Paintings by Malayka and Tom Gormally”, and the Olympia Volcano, November 22, 2017

Gabriel Brown, “Present / Tense: Current Paintings and Drawings by Malayka Gormally & Tom Gormally, Spaceworks Tacoma blog, November 7, 2017

“July Unicorn of the Month: Malayka Gormally”, Opening A Unicorn Shop blog, Jeff Musser,

“Visual Artist Malayka Gormally Talks About Inspiration”, The Frye Museum, & Medicine Ball: Playwrights V. Poets”,, Seattle, WA

“Malayka Gormally”, Ann Kullberg, Color Magazine, Federal Way, WA

  “Like Mother”, The, Seattle, WA

2016     “Exhibit at the Alexis Hotel,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Arts & Culture Blog

               “August Rise Art Roundup,” Rise Art News,, London, UK

               “35 Live: 2016 CoCA Members Show Catalog,” CoCA, Seattle, WA

2015     “Studio Visit Magazine: Volume 30,” Open Studios Press, Boston, MA

2006     “Crime Scene at Soil Art Gallery,” The Vroom Journal, Seattle, WA

               “Malayka Gormally discusses portrait commissions...Artist Tool Kit Lecture Series at Seattle Academy of Fine Art,”

                The Seattle Weekly, April 19

2002    “December Shows,” Debbie Lester, Art Access, Seattle, WA, December

1997    “Four Women Artists,” Anne Story, The Olympian, Olympia, WA, July 1


Grants and Awards

2017     4Culture Art Projects Grant for $6,500; 4Culture, Seattle, WA

2006     Certificate of Merit, The Rochester International Film Festival, Rochester, NY

2000     Merit Award, Art Port Townsend, Port Townsend, WA; Curator: Deborah Paine

1997     Purchase Award, Canterbury Fair juried exhibition, City of Kent, WA


Portrait Painting Commissions

1999 - 2017: Portrait paintings included in over one hundred private collections throughout the US and Europe, including the President of the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Art Museum and board members for the Henry Art Gallery.


Professional and Related Experience

2002- Present: Donations each year to local charitable auctions that benefit young people. The total value of the donations (in the form of portrait painting gift certificates) is over $140,000.

2005 - Present:  Curating for corporate properties as Proprietor of Gormally Art Services

2016  Lecture at Gage Academy, The Business of Portrait Painting Commissions, Seattle, WA

2007 - 2009: Co-executive producer, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, Seattle, WA Director: David Russo Premiere: Sundance Film Festival, Park City UT

2005 - 2007: Production assistant and actor, Zoo, Seattle, WA; Director: Robinson         Devor. Premiere: Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France, 2007


Professional Affiliations

Artist Trust, Seattle, WA

Center on Contemporary Art (COCA), Seattle, WA

Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA


Public Collections

City of Seattle Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA

Safeco Insurance Corporation, Seattle, WA

City of Kent, WA


Selected Private Collections

The following is a partial list of individuals who have commissioned portraits from Malayka, including the client’s current and former positions.

Chief Financial Officer, Microsoft; President and CEO of Liberty Media

President of the Board of Trustees, Seattle Art Museum 

President of the Board of Trustees for the Henry Art Gallery

Music Director of the New York "Mostly Mozart" festival

Owner of the Seahawks NFL team franchise

Artistic Director of the Seattle International Film Festival

Founder and CEO of Shen, Milsom & Wilke, NY, NY

Board member, Gage Academy; President of the Board, Bastyr University

Seattle Real Estate Developer

Owner of the Sorrento Hotel, Seattle, WA

Association for Educational Communication & Technology, Bloomington, IN

Founder of four publicly traded biotech companies, New York, NY

Owner of Sonia Rykiel Apparel, New York, NY