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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Ken Howard RA

Deborah at the Studio Window

Edition size: 175

Image size: 440 x 630mm

Paper size: 835 x 600mm

Published: 2000

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Ken Howard OBE RA is undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation with a successful career spanning more than 50 years. Howard was born in North London in 1932 and studied at the Royal College of Art. After several years teaching he decided to dedicate himself to painting full time. He now divides his time between his studios in Cornwall and London.

Dora and the Blue Dress

Edition size: 175

Image size: 520 x 630mm

Paper size: 800 x 675mm

Published: 2000

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He has earned numerous awards and appointments for his work. He is renowned for his preoccupation with the effect of light upon the subject such skills were handed down from such artists as Monet Whistler and Sargent. A constant source of inspiration is the human figure. Howard is fascinated with the relationship between the figure and the space surrounding. Ken Howard has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished figurative artists of his generation. He is renowned for his remarkable draughtsmanship.

“To catch the light and its changing effects, you’ve got to paint quickly. Practice makes you fast. At the same time it is a constant struggle – you are constantly questioning, sometimes questioning your own ability.” - Ken Howard on painting light in his painting Redcliffe Square, 2015.

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/how-i-made-it-ken-howard

Deborah Winter Sunlight

Edition size: 175

Image size: 520 x 630mm

Paper size: 835 x 700mm

Published: 2000

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In 1955, Howard held his first solo show at the Plymouth Art Centre which lead to more exhibitions in 1966 and 1968 at the John Whibley Gallery. Following his success he then started to exhibit extensively both nationally and internationally, focusing many of his shows at the New Grafton Gallery from the early 1970′s. In 1972, he was given a retrospective at the Plymouth City Art Gallery and was appointed by the Imperial War Museum as official artist in Northern Ireland in 1973 and 1979. He also worked with the British Army in Germany, Cyprus, Oman, Hong Kong, Nepal, Norway, Canada, Belize and Brunei from 1973 to 1982.

Recommended Reading: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/artist/ken-howard-ra

RA Summer Exhibition

Ken Howard is currently exhibiting a handful of his paintings at the RA Summer Exhibition, which is on until 20th August 2017. In this exhibition we see a range of the artists’ preferred subjects, from figurative work to his refreshing winter landscapes.

Joe Root has already established himself

Medium: Oil

Framed dimensions: 101 x 121 x 4 cm

Campo Dei ss Giovanni e Paolo, snow effect

Medium: Oil

Framed dimensions: 121 x 101 x 4 cm

Art Critic Alastair Sooke on Ken Howard and the RA Summer Exhibition:

“Meanwhile, three paintings by Ken Howard, piled on top of each other, occupy a prominent position amid the grandeur of Gallery III. Two are dingy Venetian scenes, one with a supposedly “surprising” snowy effect, while the third is a kitsch portrait of the English cricketer Joe Root.

Stylistically, these pictures would have looked out of date in 1932, the year of Howard’s birth. What a contrast they provide with the exuberant faux-naif style of his contemporary Rose Wylie (b 1934), whose enormous triptych, Julieta (Film Notes), dominates the gallery’s end wall.

Yet I, for one, am glad that the RA can still find room for work which most birds-of-a-feather curators would reject as reprehensible. In a funny way, showing Howard’s curmudgeonly paintings feels like a fundamental expression of free speech. Like I said, the Summer Exhibition offers reassurance.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/summer-exhibition-royal-academy-arts-review-dependably-reassuring/

Rio Della Fava, Venice

Medium: Oil

Framed Dimensions: 20 x 61 x 3cm

To see more signed limited edition silkscreen prints by Ken Howard please follow this link to our website.http://www.ccagalleries.com/artists/ken-howard

To find out more on the RA Summer Exhibition please visit https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2017

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