Malcolm Ludvigsen is a plein-air oil painter best known for his Yorkshire seascapes and beach scenes. He believes that working outside, directly in front of the subject, gives his work a life and vibrancy sadly lacking in much of studio work.
In 2013 he won the Oldie British Art Award. His paintings can be seen in homes and galleries throughout the UK and the USA – and many other places too.
As well as being a painter he is also a professor of mathematics, specialising in relativity and cosmology. About 10 years ago he took a sabbatical and started painting for fun. What first attracted him was John Ruskin’s exhortation that all men, as part of their morning salutations, should go out and paint a picture of the sky. He has not stopped painting ever since.
He is the author of a well-known book called General Relativity – A Geometric Approach, published by Cambridge University Press (also available in a French translation with a preface by Sir Roger Penrose).
“I find little incompatibility between my mathematical work and my painting: both are based on geometrical intuition, one internal the other external.”