Malcolm Doran In Studio, 1967

Born in 1935 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, Malcolm Doran attended Parsons School of Design in New York City on a scholarship, Kent State University in Ohio, and the Art Students League in New York City where he studied with Theodore Stamos. He lived and painted in New York City through the 60′s, then relocated to Los Angeles in 1971.


Named “The Picasso of Our Time” in the press

Malcolm has been painting since his 6th grade teacher gave him a set of paints.

Malcolm lists masters De Kooning, Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Cézanne and Bonnard as influences to convey his message in his paintings.

Malcolm still paints daily and shows no sign of slowing down. He resides in Palm Desert, California where he has an art studio at his house so he can paint anytime, day or night. Malcolm lets the colors and vast open space of the desert with surrounding mountain ranges lend him freedom of expression and communication in his work.

Interview with the Artist

Malcolm DoranQ: What inspires you?

A: Beautiful people inspire me because I see their physical beauty as a reflection of a spiritual awareness which communicates to me.

Q: How has your work evolved?

A: Painting the figure has always been paramount with me but how I went about it has changed over the years. Early on Dekooning’s action painting influenced me, and later the child like freshness of Picasso’s drawing helped me to render the figure the way I wanted to portray it.

In reality there have been many artists that have helped my art to evolve. The Dutch painters Rembrandt and Van Gogh taught me a lot about portrait painting. From the French painters Cezanne and Bonnard I learned about structure and color. Now I’m using all of these to convey my message in the pictures I paint.

Q: What do you consider most important in your current paintings?

Malcolm DoranA: The message being communicated. I use the formal elements of painting to create a visual statement that will communicate to the viewer in such a way that he or she can contribute something to the viewing experience.

Q: How important is color in your work?

A: Color is very important in my work. I use color to create the over-all harmony of the work as well as the emotional impact of what I’m trying to say. In addition, I use color to control the imagined space in a painting. I do this through depth perception that different colors can produce.

Q: What one word best describes your philosophical outlook?

A: Create

Q: What is your favorite pastime?

A: I like to help people enhance their sense of beauty. This can be done my raising one’s perceptions. Getting someone to view their environment in a new unit of time often causes a person to have a new realization about it. Then, of course, there is my gardening. I’m especially proud of my roses.

Q: Any last words?

A: I enjoyed this interview because it gave me the opportunity to voice my ideas not only about my art, but about life in general. I’m a firm believer in having fun. Conversely, if it isn’t fun, don’t do it. That’s the way I view my art. I may have something I want to say. But I insist on having fun while saying it.