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.
Michael studied and works in Lancashire and is represented by galleries in England and Scotland.
His paintings have evolved over the years from early abstract acrylics to hyper realistic works in the medium of oil.
The foundations that underpin Ashcroft's paintings is his fascination with light and dark in urban and rural landscapes, this is something that has remained consistent throughout his practice.
“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
Ashcroft has gained many awards over the years; the most recent 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 gained him a place at the Mall Galleries in London, 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.