X6827 THE PENGUIN PARADE, SUMMERLAND BEACH, PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA MALCOLM HORTON Born 1949
Signed & dated 1992 Oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches Framed size 42 ½ x 54 ½ inches
Malcolm Horton was born in Birmingham on 7th April 1949.After leaving school he worked in a commercial art studio until the age of 18 and then spent three years with an exhibition and display company. After this he became a full-time professional freelance artist.A chance meeting with Bill Ward, the drummer of a local Birmingham band Black Sabbath led to them becoming good friends.Over the next four years life became pretty crazy for the band and Malcolm started to spend more and more time with them, touring, at the recording studios.Although at that time life was mainly centred around the band he still continued painting and received a number of commissions from stars including a mural in the house of John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and paintings for Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) , Ian Paice (Deep Purple and later Whitesnake), Ozzy Ozbourne (Black Sabbath) and George Harrison (The Beatles). In the late seventies Malcolm moved to Devon and his love of the ocean grew. He began painting seascapes to sell in local exhibitions. In the early eighties he went on to paint a number of portraits including those of Bob Marley and John Lennon as he was inspired by them and what they stood for. During this time, he was becoming more aware of environmental issues and became a member of Greenpeace for whom he painted The Rainbow and The Rubicon.Nature and the environment and especially dolphins and whales began to feature heavily in his work. He became interested in whales because they are the largest creatures upon this planet and yet a perfect example of grace and harmony in their environment and dolphins for their wonderful playful spirit.In 1990 he joined an agency and for the next eight years his work was sold internationally as posters, prints, cards, jigsaws, plates and many other formats. Malcolm’s later work has taken a fantasy type direction and he worked on number of themes from hobbity type dwarf characters to visions of imaginary magical lands and images inspired from dreams. Some of his paintings have been of large scale murals.He has also been involved in many projects on a voluntary basis for local charities, schools and good causes. Malcolm continues to live in Devon.
Bibl: Malcolm Horton
The Penguins Parade is one of Australia’s most popular attractions today. As the sun fades in the sky, Little Penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes.