Peter Howson

Peter Howson OBE was born in London in 1958 and moved to Scotland in 1962 where he enrolled in the Glasgow School of Art in 1975. Peter has admitted that it was only in his final year of art school that his talent was finally recognised and able to grow with the assistance of his tutor, mentor and friend: Sandy Moffat. Peter credits Sandy with discovering his potential as an artist and giving him the confidence to begin his career.

In 1983, after graduating from University, Peter débuted his first public commission, a series of wall murals dedicated to the community in Feltham, London. From this point on, Peter has built a reputation as one of his generation’s most formidable figurative artists and has consistently exhibited both internationally and in the United Kingdom.

Howson made his name with large format paintings showing massive, predominantly male figures portrayed in a bold, muscular style that used line and colour to powerful, expressive effect. The almost grotesque form of his overly-developed bodies was to become the focus of much of Howson’s most lauded work.

Peter’s work is collected throughout the world by many famous and faithful patrons. Throughout his career Peter has been honoured for his services to the visual arts; first, with a Doctors of Letters Honoras Causa from the University of Strathclyde, and most recently, with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) which was awarded to the artist by the Queen in her birthday honours of 2009.

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