Ray Malone

Biography

1939 born in Mtarfa, Malta (irish citizenship)
Ray Malone lived in London from 1943 to 1992.
Worked variously as a book-dealer, librarian and teacher of English.
Since childhood occupied alternately with writing and drawing.
In 1989 he decided to become an artist.
Long periods in France, Italy and Greece.
He moved to Berlin in 2007.
Since 1990 numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums.
 
He lives and works in Berlin / D.
 
works in private an public collections (selection)
Aston University, Birmingham / UK
Grosvenor House Hotel, London / UK
Reuter´s, Kildare House, London / UK
South Bank Employer´s Group, London / UK
The Mag Collection, Hull / UK
The University of Exeter, Devon / UK
Sammlung Grauwinkel, Berlin / D
 
Exhibitions
Solo exhibitions  (Selection)
 
2022
Lyrical Purism (with John Carter); zs art galerie, Vienna
2020
Choreografie der Stille (with Walter Angerer-Niketa); zs art galerie, Vienna
2017
testura – texture. Ray Malone + Carlo Battisti; dr. julius | ap, Berlin 
2013
Ray Malone; PREVIEW BERLIN art fair. dr. julius | ap, Berlin 
Ton Wellen Linien; Julius Stahl & Ray Malone; dr. julius | ap, Berlin 
2012
Zwischenraum; Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin 
Reduktive Kunst; (mit Gert Schwartz); Galerie Waidspeicher, Erfurt / D
Intermediäre Räume; Galerie Förster, Berlin 
2010
Studien zu Orpheus; Kunstraum Alice Gryphius, Berlin
2009
Galerie Förster; Berlin
2007
Galerie Förster; Berlin 
Wahle Contemporary Art; Exeter / GB
2006
Malpass Gallery; Honiton / GB
2004
Wahle Contemporary Art; Exeter / GB
1998
The University of Exeter; Exeter / GB
1996
Line & Space; The Plough Gallery, Devon / GB
1994
Hales Gallery, Deptford, London / GB
1992
The Square Gallery, London / GB
Five Dryden Street, London / GB

Group exhibitions  (Selection)
2024
STAGE Bregenz (zs art galerie); Bregenz / A
2023
Abstract thoughts. Concrete forms. zs art galerie, Vienna / A
MUSIK IM FOKUS (DER BILDENDEN KUNST); NÖART; LANGENZERSDORF MUSEUM, Langenzersdorf
 also shown in: Hollabrunn / Kirchberg am Wagram / Zwettl / Neulengbach / A
2020
zselection; zs art galerie, Vienna
small format; zs art galerie
2019
PROOF of CONCEPT. Eine drj Accrochage + als Komposition aus Raum und Kunst. drj art projects, Berlin / D
2018
DECADE ONE. Ten years dr. julius | ap, Berlin / D
2017
START-UP! Multiples + Series. edition ROTE INSEL by dr. julius | ap, Berlin 
START-UP! Second edition _ Hanover. Kooperation dr. julius | ap + Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover / D
2016
dr. julius | ap · _2016 · _Accrochage + PAPER POSITIONS 2016. Hartmut Böhm · _Ray Malone · _Denise Winter
2015
KONZEPT PAPIER. Eine thematische Gruppenausstellung von dr. julius | ap 
dr. julius | ap at POSITIONS Berlin art fair
2014
Private View. By Appointment. dr. julius | ap Accrochage + dr. julius | ap auf der POSITIONS BERLIN 2014 
TECH.ART.INTERSECT. Schnittmengen von Kunst und Technik. Eine Kooperation von Artis engineering + dr. julius | ap 
Lieber Künstler, zeichne mir! Part 1: Abstraktion, Konkretion, Notation und Struktur. Semjon Contemporary, Berlin 
2013
DAS GLÜCK DES SAMMELNS. Werke aus privatem Kunstbesitz. Kunstverein KunstHaus Potsdam / D
POI – Point of Interest. Kooperation von dr. julius | ap, Berlin + Galerie Lindner Vienna 
ZEICHNUNG WIEN die 4te. Galerie Lindner Wien 
2012
FutureShock OneTwo. Internationale Neue Konkrete +. dr. julius | ap, Berlin 
2011
Lust und Linie; Galerie Förster, Berlin [DE]
2008
AAF Art Fair, mit WCA, London / GB
Berliner Liste, mit Galerie Förster, Berlin
2007
AAF Art Fair, mit Morgan Boyce Gallery, Amsterdam / NL
2006
Full Spectrum, Sherborne House, Sherborne / GB
Evolver Exhibition, Bournemouth University, Hants / GB
Science in the Dock: Art in the Stocks, Art Terracina, Exeter 
The Art on Paper Fair, mit Artizan Editions, London / GB
2005
Middle East Exhibition, Dubai (AE)
Nine Days of Art, Exeter 
Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London 
Exeter Abstract, Bad Homburg / D, mit Michael Calver & Linda Khatir
2004
AAF Art Fair, mit PH Fine Art, New York (USA)
2003
twist art&design, London / GB
Northcote Gallery, London / GB
2000
British Abstract Art, Artmonsky Arts, London 
1999
Two Views; Art Haven, Exeter / GB
The Philosophy of Inner Space; StART Gallery, London / GB
The Geography of Inner Space; Hanging Space Gallery, London / GB)
1998
Painting is not dead; The Studio, London / GB
The Mag Collection; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh / GB
1997
History: Image-based Work in Britain in the late 20th Century; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull / GB
A Celebration of Colour; Maymie White Contemporary Art, London / GB
Abstract: the Language of Painting; Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh / GB
1996
Glasgow Art Fair (Gordon Hepworth Gallery), Scotland
Anthony Hepworth Fine Art; Olympia, London / GB
1995
Drawing Exhibition; White Lane Gallery, Plymouth / GB
6 x 6; University of Northumberland Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne / GB
1993
East London Open Studios, Deptford, London / GB
Bibliography

A Composition Made of Geometry, Texture, Rhythm, Music and Colour

Ray Malone’s work is defined by order and tranquillity, by slowing down, taking pause, becoming absorbed in viewing: a refreshing counterpoint to our actual daily lives. The beauty of his works is from another world. Their charm grows out of a choreography of monochrome harmonies made up of subtly celebrated shades of grey and lines. A field of forces based on calm simplicity does not grab our attention through entertaining, noisy punchlines – only to immediately sink back into oblivion – instead, it brings sustained enjoyment with a timeless and profound aesthetic.

Dorothée Bauerle-Willert has written of Ray Malon: “Simplicity is an idea, a principle, a position. The simple is never the result of a banal reduction, but rather of concentration, compression, self-evidence.” She continues, with regard to his work: “Through lightness the complicated becomes simple and infers complexity, making this visible and perceptible. True simplicity doesn’t make things simple by excluding difficulty, but rather brings everything into play, making unanimity discernible. The simple is free, without ballast.”

With their uncompromising and unswerving precision and reduction, Ray Malone’s series reveal to us a lucid architecture of fictive, interlocking spatiality in two dimensions. His formal idiom is always a composition made of geometry, texture, rhythm, music and colour.