Harry Malkin worked as a sculptor and painter since he was made redundant from the coal industry in 1985 after spending twenty years at Fryston Colliery, most of which was on the coal face.
Since that time he has had a number of solo exhibitions including one at the Royal Festival Hall. The most recently being a memorial to five soldiers killed in the Afghan war and one to the miners of Allerton Bywater Colliery. The later was unveiled by the leader of Leeds City council and attended by over two thousand people following a marching brass band. This was televised by both Yorkshire TV and the BBC North.