Valley House Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of paintings by Texas native Malou Flato. Over the past forty years, Malou Flato’s paintings have focused on the Texas landscape—its native flowers, blooming cactus, diverse citizenry, and especially its precious water and abundant sky. Flato has a studio in Austin and another on her great-grandfather’s ranch on the southwestern shoulder of the Hill Country, in Edwards County. “Texas is my inspiration,” she says. “I have made my life here, and I would like to think that my art reflects the place I know best.”
Malou Flato’s works can be seen in many public places in Texas and beyond. They enliven a border crossing in Brownsville, park benches in Houston, the River Walk in San Antonio, a residence for single mothers in Austin, and a DART station in Dallas. She has been the featured artist of the Texas Book Festival. Central Market stores in five Texas cities have devoted prime space to her paintings, including their newest Dallas location at Midway and Northwest Highway. Beyond Texas, her murals grace subway walls in Boston and a public school in Washington State. The Art Center of Corpus Christi honored its native daughter with a solo exhibition in 2015.