St. Clements Studio, 2014

by Ken Howard

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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

Catalogue No: 5748 Categories: ,

Ken Howard is one of few living artists who are able to capture light so vividly in both oil and watercolour.

He has exhibited at the Royal Academy since 1964 being elected ARA in 1983 and RA in 1992, having won a number of major awards along the way.

Today he is known for his ability to fuse light and atmosphere in paint. His range of subjects encompasses the studio nude, Venetian scenes and Cornish beaches. His work is to be found in many private and public collections including the Imperial War Museum and Plymouth City Art Gallery.

Private collection, United Kingdom

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Ken Howard was born on 26 December 1932 and studied at Hornsey School of Art from 1949 to 1953. He then did his National Service with the Royal Marines before returning to study at the Royal College of Art from 1955 to 1958. He went on to win a British Council Scholarship to Florence from 1958 to 1959.

Howard’s first solo show was held at the Plymouth Art Centre in 1955. Subsequent exhibitions were held in 1966 and 1968 at the John Whibley Gallery. From then on he exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally, particularly with the New Grafton Gallery from the early 1970s. He was given a retrospective in 1972 at the Plymouth City Art Gallery and in 1973 and 1979 was appointed by the Imperial War Museum as official artist in Northern Ireland. He also worked with the British Army in Germany, Cyprus, Oman, Hong Kong, Nepal, Norway, Canada, Belize and Brunei from 1973 to 1982.

Howard was elected a member of the New English Art Club in 1962, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1966, the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1979, the Royal West of England Academy 1981, Honorary Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1988, Royal Academician in 1991 and President of the New English Art Club in 1998. 

Among his numerous awards are First Prize in the Lord Mayor’s Art Award in 1966, a Prize Winner in the John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool in 1978, first prize in the Hunting Group Awards and the Critics Prize at Sparkasse Karlsruhe, Germany in 1985. 

Ken Howard lives and works in London.

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