Lorraine Malach was born in Regina in 1933. She began her career as a painter, studying with Kenneth Lochhead and Arthur McKay of the Regina Five. From 1953 to 1957, she continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the prestigious Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania. After returning to Regina, she created her first ceramic murals in 1961 and continued to work in clay for the rest of her life. Although she used the facilities of the Hone-James Studio from time to time, Malach was a resolutely independent figure who developed her career largely through a series of mural commissions, including two major pieces for the Sturdy-Stone Centre in Saskatoon. Many of her murals were executed for churches and reflect her own deeply held religious convictions. Lorraine worked for over two years on her final and most ambitious artwork, The Story of Life, a 12 metre long by 2.5 metre high mural at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, which was completed after her death in 2003.
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