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BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1969, Michael John Ashcroft grew up in a small village called Croston in the heart of Lancashire and from an early age he had a keen interest in all things arty. After leaving school in 1985 with top grades in art he began his career as an engineer, painting and sketching only in his spare time. In 1998 he had a major operation to remove a brain tumour and decided to paint more seriously. He returned back to college and completed numerous classes in art including A- level fine art, OCA in portraiture and life drawing classes which he continues to do on a weekly basis.

His paintings have evolved over the years from early abstract acrylics to using oils and more representational works. The foundations that underpin his paintings hasn't changed and that is his fascination with light and dark and his love for the city and the landscape.

Michael has gained many awards over the years; his recent ones include being accepted into the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and gaining entry into the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of British Artists and the Howard De Walden Exhibitions in London. His work also gained him a place at the Mall Galleries were he beat over three thousand artists competing on the BBC 2 Art program, Show Me The Monet and became one of only thirty to show their work at the Mall Galleries, London.

Awards

BoldBrush Award, Finalist 2014
Artist of the Year 2013 Highly Commended
Artist of the Year 2013 Finalist
International Artist Finalist
Brownedge Art Festival Winner
West Lancashire Open Commendation
South Ribble winner and Peoples prize
Harris Museum Winner 2009
New Longton Summer Exhibition Winner 2010
Elected Member Manchester Academy of Fine Art 2011
Selected for Exhibition Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London 2011
Howard De Walden Exhibition, London 2012
Show me the Monet Finalist, Mall Galleries, London 2012
Hepplestones Fine Art Gallery Solo Exhibition 2012
Colourfield Gallery Visions of Manchester Joint Exhibition 2012
MAFA Spring Exhibition 2013
Magazine Articles and Television Features Include

Preston and Fylde Live 2013
The Artist Magazine issue Summer 2012
Manchester Evening News 2012
Art Observer 2012 (Michael J Ashcroft & The Silver Lining)
BBC Newsonline
Radio Times
The Telegraph
Show me the Monet BBC
International Artist Magazine
Lancashire Life Magazine
Big Interview Newspaper (Preston)
BBC Radio Lancashire (Interview)

Exhibitions
Royal Society of British Artists 2014
Thompson's Contemporary, London, January Exhibition 2014
Artist Of The Year Exhibition 2014 Mall Galleries, London
Harris Open Exhibition 2013
John Noott Joint Exhibition 2013
Thompsons Art Gallery, Marylebone Autumn Exhibition 2013
Biscuit Factory Art Gallery, Newcastle Autumn Exhibition 2013
Thompsons, Marylebone, London Autumn Exhibition 2013
Hepplestones Fine Art Gallery Major solo Exhibition 2013
Hepplestones Fine Art Gallery Major solo Exhibition 2012
Colourfield Gallery Visions of Manchester Joint Exhibition 2012
Howard De Walden Exhibition, Thompsons Gallery, London 2012
Show me the Monet, Mall Galleries, London 2012
Royal Society of Oil Painters London 2011

Thompsons, Marylebone, London Autumn Exhibition 2014

Thompsons, Marylebone, London Autumn Exhibition 2015