Ken Howard reveals a life of art

By HVAF Publicity Officer Jenny Timms

WORLD-RENOWNED artist Professor Ken Howard will provide an insight into his distinguished career later this month when he visits the University of Hertfordshire for the next HVAF meeting.

InA lifetime in art - through the various stage of my career’, Professor Ken Howard, award-winning member of the Royal Academy of Arts, will be speaking at HVAF’s meeting on Wednesday 28th April 2010.

HVAF is inviting applied arts and fine art students and teachers, school art departments, students and teachers at art colleges and members of art societies to attend the meeting. Members of the public with an interest in the arts are also welcome to come and hear one of the country’s leading artists present insights from his distinguished career.

Howard explains: “For me painting is about three things. It is about revelation, communication and celebration. By revelation I mean giving people a way of seeing, revealing the world around them in a way they have never seen before, opening their eyes… By communication I mean revealing the world with a personal language, speaking directly in an instantly recognisable style…

My last criterion, celebration, is perhaps more difficult to explain. We all suffer in our lives, we lose loved ones, and we suffer illnesses and the stresses and strains of normal life. But I want art to raise me above that, when I look at painting I want it to be elevating, I want it to celebrate life whether it be human dignity expressed by Velasquez or Cezanne, or the wonders of nature expressed by Corot or Monet. For me my main inspiration is light and it is through light that I want to celebrate my world”.

The meeting will be held at the University of Hertfordshire UH, Prince Edward Hall, Main Building, College Lane Campus, Hatfield AL10 9AB. Doors open 7pm, Lecture starts at 7.30pm. Entrance is free for members, £3 for non-members; and complimentary for students (who are requested to bring their student ID card with them)

About Professor Ken Howard, RA

Professor Howard 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 exhibition 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.

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 in 1985. Ken Howard lives and works in London.

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