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), a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) at the Mall Galleries in London and the Bath Society of Artists. He has exhibited widely in London and the south of England, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Threadneedle Prize and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
He lives and works in Bath.
“Two subjects have engaged me over the years, the landscape and the figure. I don’t maintain a single cohesive style but prefer to allow each piece to dictate my response, some find this confusing.
The landscape paintings, no longer directly observed, are worked from brief drawings, memories and something deeper, maybe inherited memories I can’t quite pin down. They are places I know well; this is an important part of the work, revisiting the familiar. At its core it’s about solitude.
My work with the figure is an altogether different proposition; my impulse is to observe closely and record small details. Drawing someone is an intimate process and it’s important for me to converse and exchange ideas while working, it makes the work collaborative. I enjoy the unnerving experience of not being in complete control.”
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
2017 “Walking the Hills’ with Inger Karthum, Hole Artcenter at Galleri Klevjer, Norway
The Royal Watercolour Society Competition, Bankside Gallery, London
2016 Bath Contemporary, ‘Walking the Hills’ with Inger Karthum
2016 The RWA at the Atkinson Gallery, Millfield.
2013, 2015 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 The Holburne Contemporary Portrait Exhibition
2005-16 Brian Sinfield Gallery
2004-06 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2000-04 The South West Academy Exhibition
1999-2013 NEAC, Mall Galleries
1998-2016 ROI, Mall Galleries
1999-2017 RBA, Mall Galleries
1998-2000 Laing Art Competition
1996-2000 Black Swan Painting Competition
1983-2016 Royal West of England Academy inc. ‘Drawn’ 2013
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
The Royal West of England Academy (RWA)
Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI)
Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)
Bath Society of Artists
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
The Marquis of Bath, Longleat House.
John Harvey of Bristol.
The Victoria Gallery, Bath.
Royal Bank of Scotland.
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