Malcolm Furlow’s paintings channel powerful images of a heritage embedded deep within his DNA. At the age of 75, Furlow is considered a living legend and significant contributor to the artistic fabric of the American Southwest. Of Choctaw decent, Furlow is known for strong color combinations that make his expressionist paintings of Native American themes come alive with feeling. Furlow speaks with color. The bright, chromatically-fragmented images that he paints convey the emotion the artist feels for his subject matter. His figurative works are not portraits of individuals, but rather statements about the human condition. “The further Native Americans are removed from their heritage and embraced by Anglo culture, the greater the conflict that results. This is the dichotomy that fuels the fires for my paintings," the artist says. He names Fritz Scholder, Andy Warhol and Peter Max as an important influence on his work.
Malcolm Furlow's paintings command principal placement in private and public collections globally, including the U.S. Embassies of Morocco, Belgium and Beijing; the White House; CEO Magazine; The Smithsonian; Mobil Oil; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Samuel Goldwyn; Richard Pryor; Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush; Senator Hillary Clinton; Bernadette Peters; Wes Studi; Phyllis Diller; William DeVane; B.J. Thomas; Jane Goodall Institute; Darryl Hannah; Eiteljorg Museum; Jon Bon Jovi; National Wildlife Museum; Koshare Museum; Santa Fe Fine Arts Museum; Paul Clarkson; Coca Cola Olympic Pavilion; Make a Wish Foundation; NBC's Today Show; Raymond James Financial Art Collection; Columbia University; and many others.