Michael Ashcroft MAFA


Oil on Board


Born in 1969, Michael John Ashcroft grew up in a small village called Croston in the heart of Lancashire. After leaving school in 1985 he began his career as an engineer, painting and sketching only in his spare time, it wasn’t until 1998 he decided to paint more seriously.  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 studied and works in Lancashire and is represented by galleries in England and Scotland.


“There are no secrets in what he does. Being open and honest he tells you directly through his pictures where his interests lie. We don’t have to be told by experts the meaning of his work because they are self-evident – we can see them for ourselves. In his landscapes as well as his views of the city, he wi­llingly lays bare his pleasures and beliefs. You can’t ask more of any artist than this. He is a worthy heir of those in the great tradition of Lancashire painters.” – David Lee


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 where 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.



BoldBrush Award, Finalist 2014

Artist of the Year 2013 Highly Commended

Artist of the Year 2013 Finalist

Preston and Fylde Live 2013

MAFA Spring Exhibition 2013

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

The Artist Magazine issue Summer 2012

Manchester Evening News 2012

Elected Member Manchester Academy of Fine Art  2011

Selected for Exhibition Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London 2011

New Longton Summer Exhibition Winner 2010

Harris Museum Winner 2009

International Artist Finalist

Brownedge art Festival Winner

West Lancashire Open  Commendation

South Ribble winner and Peoples prize


Magazine Articles and Television Features Include

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)



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






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