17 Westview Road
Damariscotta, ME 04543
Mal Gormley received his BFA from the University of Hartford Art School in 1972, where he majored in Painting. Previously he studied Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Color Theory at the University of Bridgeport, 1970-71 and at Dean College 1968-1970. He minored in Creative Writing.
Mal began his professional career as commercial illustrator. His passion for aviation provided his first subjects--he created original paintings and drawings for clients across the United States, as well as a series of offset prints of Classic American Aircraft.
He became a commercial pilot in 1981 and sold art sporadically in this period. In 1988 an opportunity to write about aviation arose and he joined the staff of Business & Commercial Aviation magazine, a McGraw-Hilltrade publication. Mal moved to Maine in 1994, continuing to freelance for several McGraw-Hill print and online publications, In 1997 he published his first book, Aviation Computing Systems.
Writing and family responsibilities left Mal little time for making artwork until 2003, when he decided to start making art again. Living in Maine presented new media, techniques and themes, which he continues to explore with joyful aplomb. In 2005 Mal began to exhibit and sell his work locally at a variety of galleries and events.
In addition to his artwork, and under the umbrella name Angel Farm Creative Services, Mal provides website management services for the Skidomha Public Library and continues to contribute to AviationWeekpublications regularly. He also provides publicity services for individuals and non-profit organizations.
When not making art, writing, or managing websites, Mal drives a school bus part-time, which takes him by some of Maine's most spectacular coastal scenery.
Art-making for me is a meditative process in which I try to convey the rhythms and effects of Time, Tide, Earth, Sea, and Sky, while exploring the possibilities of the materials available to me. I typically work in wood reclaimed from our local shores. It has built-in mystery.
I enjoy the spontaneous combustion of creativity when allusion, wit, irony, juxtaposition and/or interactions of color, objects, textures, light, and subject occur despite any original “artistic” intentions I might have had at the outset.
Much of my recent work has less formality than my earlier creations. My work is evolving —I seem to be creating ambient art-craft curios lately. But I am still compelled to work in two dimensions with more traditional themes and subjects--barns, birds, boats, sea- & skyscapes, geometric designs and so on.
17 Westview Road, Damariscotta, Maine 04543 207.563.1119
E-Mal: MalGormley@Gmail.com Web: tinyurl.com/86g5b66
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