Malcolm is internationally recognised as one of England’s leading equestrian artists. Winner of numerous awards at the Society of Equestrian Artists in London, he is the only artist to win the coveted President’s medal three times. Artists are only allowed to win this award once every three years. He has also had his work accepted at the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Birmingham Society.
On the continent his work has been selected regularly for the French equestrian exhibition which starts at the Cadre Noir.
In America he has been invited to exhibit at the American Society of Equestrian Artists, at the Centenary Hunting Exhibition and a three page article about him was published in Equestrian Images. He has exhibited in many other countries over the years, including Sweden at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, at Lifestyle Europe in Tokyo, at the Salon du Cheval in Paris, at the Feria in Jerez, Spain and at the Fiera di Verona in Italy.
Malcolm has had several very successful one man exhibitions in England and was featured in a TV programme on sporting paintings. He has also had a number of very successful limited edition prints published after his work, many of which are now collectors’ items. In 1996 he was chosen as the artist to illustrate the Injured Jockeys’ Christmas card. This subsequently appeared in the Sunday Times Style supplement. He also had two paintings selected to appear in the Injured Jockeys’ calendar. Malcolm, who was born in Malton, North Yorkshire, lives for painting and his animals, which are constantly observed and contribute to his eye for anatomy and movement. His work is also noted for its tremendous use of colour and light and his powerful, yet sensitive brush strokes. He is able to paint horses in movement equally as well as portraiture. He spends much of his life travelling the world, watching horses of various types.
A book about him and his work titled ‘Malcolm Coward, Horse Painter’ was published in 2007, illustrating over 100 of his paintings in colour.