Malcolm Mitton was born in Willington Co. Durham. He studied art and design at Leeds (1969-72) and then specialised in printmaking at the Royal College of Art (1972-75). At first his prints and drawings reflected the post pop culture of the period. He drew on a ‘sense of place’, street theatre, circus and the art of the fairground decorator. Lettering too added to the eclectic mix as seen in his array of supermarket art.
Typography and Lettering had remained an interest since his earliest student days and also a subject he taught when he returned to Leeds as a lecturer. Drawing was and has always remained central to his work. But by 1982 painting in oil had superseded printmaking as his working method of choice. In 1981 travels through France and Italy to Greece renewed his interest in ‘landscape’, although it was not until he resigned from full-time teaching that he was able to concentrate on this fully.
Walking holidays in Yorkshire and the North Pennines led to a move to Cumbria where he lived for twelve years. “Walking became a major passion, be it high summer or the depth of winter I always took a sketch book with me. Even in the wild open spaces of Nine Standards Rigg there could always be found a small ‘nook or cranny’ that offered enough protection from the wind and cold, just enough to facilitate the quickest of sketches.” Later still in 2001 he began the first of his annual visits to the Dorset coast. This influenced the Cumberland Pencil Co. when they commissioned a seascape from him to promote a new range of drawing pencils.
Malcolm and his wife Jo have recently moved (again) this time to a small village in Rutland.