Malcolm Ashman RWA RBA

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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


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 Bath Contemporary
2011 Denise Yapp Contemporary Art
2008 Rowley Contemporary Art
2007 The Russell Gallery, London
2006 Brian Sinfield Gallery
2005 Beaux Arts Bath
2002 Thomas Plunkett Fine Art
1992 Victoria Gallery, Bath
1991 Nevill Gallery, Canterbury
1987 Nevill Gallery, Bath
1984 King’s Circus Gallery, Bath

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 The Jerram Gallery with Sarah Spackman
Figures and Faces, Andelli Art, Wells
2018 The Derwent Drawing Prize, London and on tour.
‘Togetherness’ The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
David Simon Contemporary, Bath
Twenty Twenty Gallery, Ludlow
Transitions, Risør Kunstpark with Inger Karthum
New Craftsman Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall.

2017 Interpretations of Landscape. Arundel Contemporary, Arundel, W. Sussex. Group exhibition
2017 “Walking the Hills’ with Inger Karthum, Hole Artcenter at Galleri Klevjer, Norway
2017-19 The Royal Watercolour Society Competition, Bankside Gallery, London
2016,17,18 The Black Swan Open
2016 Bath Contemporary, ‘Walking the Hills’ with Inger Karthum
2016 The RWA at the Atkinson Gallery, Millfield.
2013,15,17 Drawn, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2009-16 The Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2009 The Threadneedle Prize Exhibition
2007-16 Denise Yapp Fine Art
2006,10,12 The Holburne Contemporary Portrait Exhibition
2005-18 Brian Sinfield Gallery
2004-06 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2000-04 The South West Academy Exhibition
1999-2013 NEAC, Mall Galleries
1998-2018 ROI, Mall Galleries
1999-2018 RBA, Mall Galleries
1998-2000 Laing Art Competition
1996-2000 Black Swan Painting Competition
1983-2019 Royal West of England Academy


Fifty Wessex Artists. Evolver Books
Fabulous Beasts. Dragon’s World.
Through the Looking Glass. Dragon’s World
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Dragon’s World
French Fairy Tales. Dragon’s World
The True Legend of Prince Bladud. Ashdown Press



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