Timeless March (study), 1992

by Peter Howson


MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 24 x 36 inches (61 x 91.4 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed and titled (stretcher)

At times Howson portrays this overtly working-class, masculine world with sympathy and tenderness; at other times he portrays it as a seething hotbed of violence.


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    Peter Howson has established a strong reputation as one of his generation’s leading figurative painters. He takes inspiration from his home streets of Glasgow and is renowned for his themes of masculine working class men, war and in later years, religion.

    ‘I used to get a real buzz from just looking at paintings’. That buzz has never stopped. ‘My mind is very visual’, says Howson. ‘I mean, I imagine things. When I’m actually talking to someone I’m thinking about something. My brain builds another picture’. There’s an obvious connection between this powerful visual faculty and Howson’s later custom of working from the imagination rather than from life.

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    Peter Howson was born in London in 1958 to Scottish parents and they moved to Ayrshire when he was four years old. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1975-1977, returning in 1979 to complete a Master’s. In 1985 he was made the Artist in Residence at the University of St Andrews and also a part-time tutor at Glasgow School of Art.

    Over the years his work has encompassed a number of themes including masculine working class men, war and in later years, religion. He was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum in 1993 to be the official war artist for the Bosnian war, where he produced some of his most shocking and controversial work.

    He was treated for alcoholism and drug addiction in 2000, after which he converted to Christianity and his work took a strong religious theme.

    Howson’s work has featured in other mediums including a British postage stamp in 1999 to commemorate engineering achievements for the millennium and also as several music album covers.

    He was appointed an OBE in the 2009 birthday honours.

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