Originally from Newcastle, raised in Leeds, after studying photography at art college, Malcolm Croft went on to work within Fleet Street, rising towards the top of his profession and winning the Press Photographer of the Year award in 1997. However, this career was cut short following a serious cycling accident. During his recuperation, he began to paint.
During his recuperation, approximately a decade ago, he began to paint; it was a way of working with art and imagery, but without the physical demands of being a press photographer. But those early experiments were to lead to an almost obsessive compulsion to paint; it’s what consumes his days.
His very individual style is derived from the observation and love of stained glass windows; the solid black outline and application of bold colour are clearly reminiscent. It’s this boldness and confidence that sets his work apart and makes it instantly recognisable.
Malcolm’s paintings have found tremendous success over the past ten years, with several sell-out shows to his name in the north of England and most recently, France. Malcolm has also been featured on both BBC TV and Radio coverage, with his work also being shortlisted for the highly prestigious John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, a real recognition of his talent.
Malcolm is now based on the Languedoc region of France.