Croft, Malcolm

Croft, Malcolm

Visual image has always played an important part in Malcolm’s life. After studying photography at art college he worked as a photographer in Fleet Street and Manchester, winning the Press Photographer of the Year Award in 1997 for his coverage of the IRA bomb attack on Manchester.

A serious road accident ended his career and in 2005 he began to teach himself to paint. Influenced by many of the artists working in France at the turn of the 20th century Malcolm soon developed a distinct style, using bold outlines and bright colours to produce lively landscapes and vivid still lifes. Along with the post-Impressionists he also cites British artists Patrick Caulfield, Matthew Smith, and Peter Coker as being prime sources of inspiration.

On joining an artists’ co-operative in 2007 art collectors and gallery owners were soon beating a path to Malcolm’s studio door. Successful group exhibitions were followed by four sell-out solo shows at Collect Art, making Malcolm one of the region’s best-selling emerging artists.

“My work examines the relationship between form and colour. Inspired by stimuli as diverse as a bunch of supermarket flowers or the view from the studio, I paint obsessively, every day. Although a single painting might take days, weeks, months, or even years to complete I endeavour to retain a sense of immediacy and energy, of vitality and joyousness.”

Malcolm’s work and his inspirational story have featured in magazines and newspapers including Artists and Illustrators, Cheshire Life and the Manchester Evening News, and on both BBC television and radio. His work is held in collections across the UK and in France, Switzerland, the USA, and Puerto Rico.

In 2010 Malcolm’s painting ‘Still life with soup can’ was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize, Britain’s top painting competition. More recently Malcolm was chosen as head judge for the 2012 Cheshire Life ‘Young artist of the year’ competition.

Malcolm divides his time between studios in Manchester and the south of France.