Born and raised in Lowestoft and Oulton Broad, art was the only thing Malcolm was any good at in school. However, he chose not to go to Art College after ‘A’ levels – instead, he spent a few years playing in bands (and failing to become a rock and roll star). Eventually, he went on to study performing arts at Dartington Hall in the mid-1970s and then qualified as a teacher.
Malcolm returned seriously to art in the late 1990s after a varied career path (including musician, community artist, actor, arts administrator and consultant, sign maker and professional magician!). Starting with adult evening classes and then a Foundation Course at Stafford Art College. He stayed on there to do a two year Fine Art HND (Distinction). Following this, he became the college’s resident Fine Art practitioner and, later, a sessional tutor.
Although Malcolm occasionally still works as an entertainer, he now concentrates on his work as an artist – exhibiting where possible and generally trying to promote, exhibit and sell his work. He is a figurative artist who aims to work (where possible) from direct observation. He paints in oils and draws in graphite, charcoal and coloured pencils.
In early 2010, Malcolms coloured pencil Landscape of “Ashness Bridge”, Keswick, Cumbria was chosen as the illustration for the worldwide relaunch of the premier Derwent “Artist” coloured pencil range. He teaches art regularly in Bungay in Suffolk, near to were he now lives and runs workshops and demonstrations for art groups in East Anglia and across the UK. He writes a regular column for the Society for All Artists’ magazine “Paint” and has appeared several times on The Painting and Drawing TV Channel – most recently (October 2014) being featured in a full episode of “Fraser and Friends” where he was filmed painting in Walberswick and visiting various locations in Bungay with fellow artist Fraser Scarf. His double DVD “Yes You Can Draw” has enjoyed great sales throughout the UK.
In the summer and autumn of 2015, Malcolm undertook the challenge to make a painting a day for 64 days leading up to his 64th birthday at the end of September. Each 8” x 8” picture was painted in oils in one go, direct from the subject (mostly local landscapes – wherever he happened to be at the time – and small still life studies).
He is mostly interested in developing the act of seeing through “alla prima” painting and observational drawing from life. Occasionally,his work can include narrative and allegoric elements – but it is always based on an accurate understanding of the appearance of things. Malcolm is always interested in improving his technical skills and keen to pass on the results of his research to others.