Croft, Malcolm

Malcolm studied photography at art college and went on to become one of the country's top newspaper photographers, winning the Press Photographer of the Year award in 1997 for his coverage of the IRA bomb attack on Manchester. A serious road accident ended his career and in 2005 he began to paint.

Malcolm soon developed a distinct style, using bold outlines and strong colours, and successful group exhibitions were followed by multiple sell-out solo shows. Malcolm's work and the inspirational story of his battle with chronic pain have featured in magazines and newspapers and on BBC television and radio. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize and more recently was chosen to be head judge for the Cheshire Life Young Artist of the Year competition.

Malcolm paints daily, at his studios in either Manchester or Azille, a village in the south of France, drawing inspiration from these two varied landscapes.

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