Malcolm Hughes was a British constructive artist. He was born in Manchester and during the second world war, he was a radio operator in the Royal Navy. After the war he became influenced by British abstract artists of the period whilst training at the Regional College of Art in Manchester and then later at the Royal College of Art in London. Whilst he was a student in London his work was in the socialist realism style and he was involved in painting a large mural at the Royal Courts of Justice. By the 1960s he had developed his own form of constructivism and his work was exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles in Paris.