Tierney Malone was born in Los Angeles, but has long called Houston his home. Malone is a modern-day storyteller who creates works on paper and mixed media constructions. He uses the canon of African-American history and pop culture to create contemporary tales about life. By invoking colorful and emotionally charged figures from jazz, sports and literature, Malone makes powerful and sensitive works that are both visually beautiful and politically provocative.
Doubling as a radio host for KPFT's Houston Jazz Spotlight, Malone's love for the music and culture of Houston's deep-seated jazz is evidenced in his work by both artworks and action. He creates stories of our past, using a visual language comprised of snippets of advertisements, record labels, pictures, lettering, all subtly confronting the socio-political aspects of the dramatic Americana culture of the 20th century.
Music and it's creators are a major influence in Malone's work. He has collaborated with noted jazz musicians throughout his career, including a commissions to create the jacket covers for musician Con Byrons and jazz pianist Randy Weston.
In 2008, he completed two major commissions including a limited edition print celebrating Da Camera of Houston's 20th Anniversary and an outdoor mural entitled "Southern Sounds" for the Coleman Art Center in York, Alabama.