The Modern British painter, Ken Howard regularly paints subjects including the studio nude, Venetian scenes and Cornish beaches. The human figure is a constant source of inspiration for Howard, as well as his preoccupation with the effect of light upon the subject. He is fascinated with the relationship between the figure and the space surrounding it, although in this painting St Clements Studio, the eye is drawn to the sitter, rather than the surrounding objects, as she looks directly at the viewer.
For Howard his studio has become a much loved subject. Brushes, oils and paintings fill the space, spilling over onto every surface. In the background, huge sash windows cast bright natural light into the building revealing Howard’s intimate creative space.
To Ken Howard “painting is as much about sensing as seeing” and it is through light that he wants to celebrate his world. Howard’s strong observation and high degree of draughtsmanship combined with tonal precision and an emphasis on light recreates the calm, homely atmosphere of his studio.
DIMENSIONS: (unframed)30.0 x 20.0 in./76.2 x 50.8 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas