Malcolm Ludvigsen

Malcolm is a retired professor of mathematics, specialising in relativity and cosmology, and is now full-time artist.

Based in York, Malcolm spends much of his time on the beaches and headlands of his Yorkshire homeland, endlessly fascinated by the sea and sky.

Commenting on first getting into painting, Malcolm said, “I think the thing that first attracted me to painting was John Ruskin's exhortation that all men, as part of their morning salutations, should go out and paint a picture of the sky. This sounded like a very nice thing to do, so I decided to give it a go, and I've not really stopped painting since.”

Malcolm is a ‘plein-air’ oil painter (this means he paints outdoors). He believes that working outside, directly in front of the subject, and experiencing the weather and environment, gives his work a life and vibrancy lacking in much studio work.

Malcolm is best known for his Yorkshire seascapes and beach scenes. His paintings can be seen in homes throughout the UK, the USA and many other places.

In 2013 Malcolm won the “Oldie British Artists Award” (including a £5000 prize) in a major competition for British artists age 60 or over for his landscape entitled “Filey”. Ironically this accolade came in the same year that his work was rejected by the Royal Academy for their summer exhibition.