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Malcolm Ashman RBA RWA

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.


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

Artist Statement:

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

Awards & Prizes

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

Artwork by Malcolm Ashman