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Sampling the Work of Malcolm Horton

Malcolm Horton

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

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Bob Marley Tribute

“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

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Angel of Light

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

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Dolphins Playing

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

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John Lennon Tribute

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

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Rainbow and Rubicon

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

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Through the Elephants Eye

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

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World Healer

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

If you want your own print visit: World Healers Poster

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If you’re an artist and you would like to be featured in this gallery, please contact us using the form found here: Inspirational Artists Wanted

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32 Responses to “Sampling the Work of Malcolm Horton”

  1. mariejo says:

    I’ve loved these paintings.
    Thank you for You.
    Beautiful…

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  2. Your work is incredible, such heart and spirit. I feel such energy from them. Thank you for sharing them. Love and light!

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  3. Marilyn says:

    These works are awesome! Not only are they beautifully crafted, but they go straight to your heart…no detours through the brain. They made my day. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with the world.

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  4. Suzette says:

    Hi I just love the Rubicon, fantastic colours, what a wonderful gift you have. Thank you.
    Suzete

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  5. angel says:

    These are easily some of the most beautiful paintings that I have ever come across. You, Malcolm, have awesome talent, and I am sure you bring joy to lots of people.

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  6. Charles says:

    Another legend comming from Birmingham…. Shame they all move away

    Beautiful paintings mate

    Take it easy

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  7. angel says:

    Hi Malcolm,

    I was so absolutely enthralled with these paintings that I chose the John Lennon piece as my desk-top background! Now I can feel inspired every day, all day. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift! May God bless you, and your talents.

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  8. jane says:

    Thanks for sharing Malcolm, great work, I am so happy to have seen it. I especially love the elephant.

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  9. ravie says:

    These paintings are awesome, beautiful and thought provoking for want of a better description. You go man – let the world see more creations from your heart and your paint brush.

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  10. Leila says:

    Hi Malcolm, it’s amazing how many ideas you get into a painting. I love the dolphins in sunlight. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Naomi says:

    as a singer and writer, these works are both inspiring and lovely beyond words….thank you, dear Malcolm for sharing the beauty of the earth through your eyes…Naomi

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  12. Sehastian says:

    The paintings are superb. The message is wonderful. I like the last painting, that the destiny of the earth in our own hands

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  13. Kris says:

    Malcom, you have awesome, beautiful skills. Thanks for sharing with the world. Where do you sell your prints? I would love to buy greeting cards or postcards of your work.

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  14. min says:

    Beautiful pictures.

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  15. Donovan says:

    So natural and fresh. Malcolm, thank you for sharing your visions…Donovan

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  16. Doris says:

    Hello loved the pictures.

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  17. Beverley says:

    Malcolm, Your paintings are absolutely beautiful. You are a true inspiration in not only what you do but in the way you use it to make a difference in the world. Bless You.

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  18. Wale says:

    Beautiful & inspirational pics. Thanx for sharing your vision with the world.

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  19. Scott and Perlita says:

    These pictures from the heart are magical. I love all of them. Would you be able to sell in postcard form the The Rubicon and The Future of the Earth is in our Hands? Please let me know. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  20. Patti says:

    You have been given a special gift, that you share with the world. Thank you for making a statement for so many of us.

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  21. lowell says:

    DEAR MALCOLM,WHAT A TRUE GIFT YOU HAVE, I HAVE BEEN PLAYING MUSIC FOR MANY YEARS THAT HAS THE SAME INFLUENCES THAT INSPIRED YOU.I DON’T PAINT BUT I KNOW REAL TALENT WHEN I SEE IT, YOU HAVE THE GIFT PEACE BE WITH YOU MY BROTHER LOWELL….

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  22. Ken says:

    What Talent

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  23. Susan says:

    You are Truly Blessed Malcolm :)

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  24. scott says:

    malcolm, you should be famous, you seem to have a skill. just kidding. thats some brilliant stuff and i imagine you must truly love the work cos it looks like one big heap of effort, time, discipline etc. it would be most interesting if you could paint your memories of those wild parties but i guess it might not be deemed so spiritual (of course i think everything is spiritual)maybe check out my website lazy poets.com…good show.

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  25. Jeanne Meger says:

    As above, so below. What an artist. His art bridges heaven and earth. Such a beautiful reflection of the truth of being present to the blossoming of art talent over the years. “I went to the almond tree and said, “Speak to me of God.” And the almond tree blossomed.” Kazanzakis. There is magic in the artwork. You can see and feel the connection to spirit. Such an incredible sense of peace and unity, the oneness that we all are. Malcolm Horton, you are a blessing to the world that sorely needs your talents. Thank you for the joy, rapture, beauty, vibrations that reach out from the shapes and colors in the paintings. Thank you for the smiling lion.

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  26. Jeanne Meger says:

    Very interesting decal on your pullover, Malcolm. It must be one of your incredible paintings. Are you offering such online somewhere? other comments are asking about postcards, greeting cards. where did one commenter get the picture as a computer background?

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  27. Maria says:

    well done malcom .your work is amazingly beautiful.I love it:-)xMaria

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  28. Deb Booth says:

    Gorgeous, heart-felt, inspirational work here, Malcolm. Thanks for sharing it with us! Light and laughter, Deb

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  29. Navdeep says:

    Beautiful! More light to you .

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  30. chris says:

    love the one with the elephants eye wonderful the rest are great to thank you

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  31. Pat Ilott says:

    Lovely work – nice to hear of you – and greetings from Pat Ilott, artist from Cheltenham, Cotswolds, UK
    I am on Facebook as Artist Pat Ilott, also on Twitter as PATILOTT.

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  32. Thanks so much for all your comments. I wanted to let you all know we just set up a facebook page where Ill be posting more of my work and have a chance to meet with you all.

    http://www.facebook.com/malcolm.horton.art

    Love, peace and harmony
    Malcolm Horton

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