Malou Flato
Malou Flato
Notes from Malou

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Texas Society of Architects
October 16, 2010 I received the "Citation of Honor--Artisan Award in recognition of contributions to the built environment through beautiful, engaging, and inspirational artwork."

Southwest Art
In the September 2009 Issue Bonnie Gangelhoff interviewed me in Montana. Audrey Hall worked all day to get a good picture of me and the big paintings.

Texas Highways
April 2008 has a "Spotlight on Artist" article with three of my paintings of Texas flowers.

Lake/Flato, San Antonio, Texas
Lake/Flato Architects asked me to paint a 9' x 12' painting in their reception area at 311 3rd ST in 2008. See my journal for installation pictures by
Denise De Leon.

Big Sky Journal
Arts 2008 published my "Red Cactus" on page 128. You can also see it on their web site at

Langdon Review 2007
The annual publication of Tarleton State University is featuring my paintings. Charles Lohrmann wrote a very kind article.

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Wildflower Center in Austin, TX has chosen my Coneflowers, as the art for 2006. Check their web site:

Austin Museum of Art
Dana Friis-Hansen, the director of the Austin Museum of Art, has included my paintings in Gardens Real and Imagined at Austin Museum of Art-Laguna Gloria. The exhibit will be up for a year, ending in the fall of 2005.

The April 2005 Issue of Tribeza featured my watercolors.

Art in the Embassy
Two of my paintings were in United States Embassies in Switzerland and Swaziland.

The Choice Project
I painted five tile murals for the new Planned Parenthood center in Austin, and they were installed in October 2004 in the courtyard.

Texas Book Festival
I was chosen as featured artist of the 2003 Texas Book Festival. My acrylic  Red Leaves and Cactus was the poster image for the festival.

Rome Journal
I kept a journal during my month in Rome, and it helped me focus my thoughts on art. I made myself complete a page each day, and the ritual of writing (and assembling images) made me more aware of everything I was seeing and learning. I also walked through Rome, "shopping" for images that were important to me at that time. In fact, the title for my McMurtrey Gallery show for 2003 Artichokes in Ecstasy refers to Bernini's great sculpture Saint Teresa in Ecstasy.I was also influenced by Raphael's ceiling design full of vegetables in the Villa Farnesina. In fact, I got so excited looking at that ceiling that I painted ten paintings while in my own state of ecstasy.

View Journal

Six Feet of Blood
In episode 28 of Six Feet Under a disgruntled former employee guns down his boss. His blood is seen splattered across my poster, Santa Monica Palisades.
Click here: HBO: Six Feet Under

International Artist
International Artist featured my work in eight pages of Issue 35 (February/March 2004). On the cover there is even a picture of me painting.

The Governor's Mansion
Four of my paintings were on display at the Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin as part of a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. Actually, the art for the event was on display in a circus-sized tent on the mansion's grounds. Visiting the mansion gave me the chance to enjoy some of the paintings in the state's collection, including the work of Texas painters Julian Onderdonk and his father, Robert. An interesting painting by Robert Onderdonk depicting Davy Crockett at the Alamo hangs in the entry hall of the mansion. (My great grandfather talked Julian O. into painting his favorite fishing hole on the Guadalupe River.)

Wading in Market Square Park: Public Art in Houston
A few years ago, an organization called Diverse Works hired me to collaborate with a group of artists to design Market Square Park in Houston. Walter Hopps, best known for his work with the Menil Collection, and Caroline Huber chose the artists with help from Bill Camfield and Marti Mayo. James Surls's sculpture was placed in the center, so I decided my benches would work best on the four sides of the park. The curved forms of the benches started as a response to Surls's swirling sculpture, and I left a space between benches to act as a view corridor to his sculpture.

There are two benches on each street, and each bench is 14 feet long. I painted images on both the front and back of the bench seats. In response to the park's name, Market Square, each scene is something that could be sold in a market: hats, china, flowers, vegetables. The first of the new fountains is a picnic with paper plates, tomatoes, knives, forks, napkins, and crackers. The second is a still life with tons of oranges, apples, figs, and strawberries. I went to Costco and bought every fruit they had in large bags and arranged them on the lawn and photographed the whole ménage from an eight-foot ladder.

Le plus simple, le plus art
I've thought about these words of Henri Matisse for twenty years. Literally, it means, "The more simple, the more art." I strive for simplicity because, in a sense, simplicity is perfection.

And by the way . . .
Art Museum of South Texas is one of the museums in Texas where I've had work exhibited.

My husband . . .
John Taliaferro had a great review in the New York Times Book Review for Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mount Rushmore. His new book "In a Far Country" published in 2006 is also wonderful.

My favorite ceramic work in Public Art was a project I did with my brother and his partner (Lake/Flato Architects) for the city of San Antonio.



Southwest Art

Texas Highways

Big Sky Journal

Langdon Review


Texas Book Festival


International Artist


International Artist