Malcolm Ashman was born in Bath, Somerset in 1957.
Malcolm is a painter working in oils and pencil, the landscape and the figure are the principal subjects.
He is an Academician at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) and a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI). He has exhibited widely in London and the south of England, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Columbia Threadneedle Prize.
“Two subjects have engaged me over many years, the landscape and the figure. I don’t maintain a single cohesive style but prefer to allow each piece to dictate how I will respond.
The landscape paintings, at one time directly observed, are now worked from brief drawings and memory. Now the process has become as important as the subject matter. As a child the landscape was a place of escape, I was often alone but here I could draw, paint or just observe and imagine. An early lesson in the joys of solitude that’s stuck with me.
I’m working with the figure more and more and it’s a totally different proposition. I want it to be an interactive process and I enjoy the unnerving prospect of not being in complete control. My impulse is to observe closely, recording as accurately as possible my response to the sitter and their response to me. Both paintings and drawings are built of layers and repeated marks over a long period, the resulting work a hybrid of both myself and my model, a record of time spent.”
Malcolm Ashman lives and works in Bath, Somerset.
The Royal West of England Academy (RWA)
Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)
Bath Society of Artists
2017 Interpretations of Landscape. Arundel Contemporary, Arundel, W. Sussex. Group exhibition
The Royal West of England Academy
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
The Marquis of Bath, Longleat House.
John Harvey of Bristol.
The Victoria Gallery, Bath.
Royal Bank of Scotland.
2019 The David Gluck Memorial Award, Royal Watercolour Society, London
2017 The Michael Harding Painting Award, RBA
The Bath Society Prize, Victoria Gallery
Cotswold Mounts Award, Royal Watercolour Society, London
2016 The Vametric Prize, Black Swan Open Arts Competition
The Minerva Prize for Portraiture, Victoria Gallery
2009 The Bridge McFarland Solicitors Art Prize, ROI
2007 The Artist Magazine Award, RBA
2006 The Alan Gourley Memorial Award, ROI
2005 The Cedar House Gallery Award, NEAC
The Cornelissen Prize, ROI
The Andrew Brownsword Prize, Victoria Gallery
2004 The Davison Award, RBA
1998 Black Swan Painting Competition Public Choice Prize