I was born in Birmingham on 7th April 1949 and after I left school I worked in a commercial art studio until the age of 18. This was followed by three years with an exhibition and display company before I ended up as a full-time professional freelance artist.
One day by chance I was introduced to Bill Ward, the drummer of a local Birmingham band Black Sabbath and we soon became good friends. Eventually along with Bills girlfriend and a couple of roadies for the band we moved from the city into a farm house in the country.
Over the next four years life became pretty crazy and I started to spend more and more time with the band, touring, at the recording studios and of course the mad parties.
Although at that time life was mainly centred around the band I still continued painting. I received a number of commissions from stars including a mural in the house of John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and paintings for Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) , Ian Paice (Deep Purple and later Whitesnake), Ozzy Ozbourne (Black Sabbath) and George Harrison (The Beatles).
In the late seventies I moved to Devon and my love of the ocean grew as I began painting seascapes to sell in local exhibitions. In the early eighties I painted a number of portraits including those of Bob Marley and John Lennon as I felt inspired by them and what they stood for. In these years I was becoming more aware of environmental issues and became a member of Greenpeace for whom I went on to paint The Rainbow and The Rubicon.
Nature and the environment and especially dolphins and whales began to feature heavily in my work. I became interested in whales because they are the largest creatures upon this planet and yet a perfect example of grace and harmony in their environment and dolphins for their wonderful playful spirit.
In 1990 I joined an agency and for the next eight years my work was sold internationally as posters, prints, cards, jigsaws, plates and many other formats. Relations with the agency eventually broke down and I decided to leave and go solo again.
My work since the agency once again took a more fantasy type direction and I worked on number of themes from hobbity type dwarf characters to visions of imaginary magical lands and images inspired from dreams. I have also in my time been involved in many projects on a voluntary basis for local charities, schools and good causes. Ive created a number of large scale murals in local schools as well as in private houses.
In more recent years I discovered the wonders of digital art and have experimented with a mix of digital and traditional techniques to not only create my work but also distribute it.
To See More of Malcolm’s Work: www.malcolmhorton.co.uk
“This portrait was created back in 1983 as a tribute to Bob Marley, his spirit and his gift to the world through his music. A vision of Bob Marley set against a sunset with his guitar and the lion of Judah. Interested in purchasing this Print from Malcolm? Visit: A Tribute to Bob Marley
The original idea of an Angel came from a photo I took of a little french girl I met in Goa India her name is ‘Norangel’ I was then inspired having been at a Healing Ceromony where I learnt more about 2012 and the ending of the Mayan calender being a time of transformation a new beginning of conscious expansion of great Love and Light coming into the world and into our Hearts.
Want a Copy of this Angel in your home? Angel of Light
Dolphins playing under the light of the sun as it beams down shimmering through the deep blue ocean. To Purchase your own copy of this print: Dolphins at Play
A tribute to John Lennon revealing the essence of the man and his music.
In 1981 I was contacted by an old friend who was at that time the road manager with the band Whitesnake. The band were not happy with current ideas for an album cover that EMI studios were suggesting and so I was asked to come up with a few ideas of my own. The album in question was called Come And Get It and my design of a glass apple with a snake inside was accepted. The album become a best seller for Whitesnake.
At a meeting with Whitesnakes vocalist David Coverdale and the rest of the band to discuss ideas it became evident that the house where they were recording was the very same house that John Lennon & Yoko Ono had once lived and where they recorded the song and video of Imagine. The house was Tittennhurst Park and was at that time owned by fellow Beatle Ringo Starr.
Later that night I took a look around the house and eventually wandered into that famous white room and sat in the spot where the legendary white grand piano would have been. A shiver ran down my back and at that point a I imagined the image as you see it now. It was only a few weeks after John had been shot in December of 1981 and a very moving experience. To Purchase a copy of this print: Tribute To John Lennon
In 1988 I received a newsletter from Greenpeace in which there was a photograph of a boat which was to sail around the UK to research causes for pollution and the decline in sea life. The sailing boat was called The Rubicon.
History tells us that Julius Caesar and his army made a decision to flout an ancient Roman law and cross the Rubicon river in Italy and commit himself to action. I have always tried to do what I can and where possible use my talent to help the planet and good causes. As a keen supporter of environmental causes I committed myself to action and painted this picture with the intention of helping to raise funds for Greenpeace. It was made into posters and over a 2-3 year period raised over £20,000. I am duly proud of this image and the good it has done.
To Obtain Your Own Copy of this Poster from Malcolm: The Rainbow and the Rubicon
Reflection in the eye of an elephant. This painting came together through a meeting with a guy who told me of this dream that he had often had. He explained it as being a close up of an elephants eye with three elephants at a watering hole at sunset reflected in the eye and asked me if I could paint it.
It is said that when you put down a recurring dream on to paper that the dream stops but I never found out if it did.
Want a copy of this print in your home? Through the Elephant’s Eye
This painting represents the fact that we, the human race, hold the future of the Earth in our hands and that if we don’t get things together we may drown in our own tears. The dolphins represent the spiritual side of our nature.
I donated the original of this painting to help raise funds for the Tsunami Disaster that shook us all that Christmas morning in 2004
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