Malcolm is principally a painter of landscapes and still life but, for the past few years, he has worked in an increasingly abstract format. Much of this shift from representational painting to a more abstract approach has been inspired by his many visits to St Ives, where the rich tradition of abstract art has held a special interest to him.
He uses his many sketchbook studies and drawings as a starting point for his work from which a fully abstract painting develops. At the outset he often does not have a fixed form in mind, preferring to let the imagery evolve through the process of painting.
His concern is not with reproducing a likeness but in capturing the characteristics of a subject. Each painting is undergoes constant change until the tensions of the composition are right. Energy and a sense of freedom is what he strives for, allowing the spontaneity of the marks to be interesting in their own right.