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artworks by  Michael J Ashcroft MAFA

Born in Lancashire, England in 1969, Michael John Ashcroft began his career as a Leyland engineer in sheet metal work, painting and sketching in his spare time.  In 1998 he had a major operation and decided to paint more seriously.  He started painting in acrylics, concentrating on the separation between light and dark, before moving on to painting the landscape around him, using oils.

Michael Ashcroft's breakthrough came in 2005, when he felt ready to exhibit in a major competition and entered the International Artist exhibition.  The painting was a top ten finalist and went on to win a major local exhibition, selling before the event opened.  Gallery owners interested in selling his work approached him.  Further successful exhibitions have followed, including many awards and his first solo exhibition in 2009.

Michael Ashcroft studied and works in Lancashire and is represented by galleries in England and Scotland.  His work has been likened to Edward Hopper and the North West artist Liam Spencer. Michael  Ashcroft has had a rapid rise to success. He continues to push himself further, looking for inspiration in new subjects.

Awards
2002                  South Ribble open (second Prize)'
2005                  Brownedge Art Festival (Highly Commended)'
2006                  Brownedge Art Festival (Commended)'
South Ribble open (Third Prize)'
South Ribble open (Blue Ribbon Winner)'
2007                  Brownedge Art Festival (First Prize)'
International Artist Magazine (Finalist)'
South Ribble open (First Prize)'
2008                  Brownedge Art Festival (Highly Commended)'
Brownedge Art Festival (Very Highly Commended)'
2009                  Brownedge Art Festival (Highly Commended)

Exhibitions
2007                  Joint Exhibition Chorley Library'
2009                  Out of Darkness'
Solo exhibition-Coach House Gallery Astley Hall''

Magazine Features

International Artist Magazine
Lancashire Life'
Big Interview Preston


Creative Scotland