Thames View

by Ken Howard

£9,850

DIMENSIONS: (unframed)  7.9 x 23.8 in./ 20.0 x 60.5 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5367 Categories: ,

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 dull winter sunlight as it reflects off the water.

The artist has said of the city that “having been born in London and always having a home here, it is truly part of me. To truly express the truth of a subject one must know it intimately and it is only familiarity which produces this quality. I sometimes wonder why I go elsewhere to paint when all the subjects one needs are here in London….London is my wife and Venice is my mistress.”

Ken Howard’s first childhood home was in Alder Grove in Cricklewood, North-West Lonndon, close to railway sidings and factories. Though known for city scenes with emphasis on the reflection of light in water like Thames View, he does not regard himself as a landscape painter but rather “a vertical, horizontal and linear painter”. This can be seen in this painting where Howard’s clever use of horizontal and vertical lines leads the viewer’s eyes across the canvas.

Provenance

Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Biography

Ken Howard was born in 1932 in London and studied at Hornsey School of Art from 1949 to 1953. He went on to do 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 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. He has won numerous awards and many of his exhibitions have sold out. He now divides his time between his studios in Cornwall and London.

 

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