A Stephen Howard framed print

Art by Stephen Howard

Today’s best buy was a Stephen Howard framed print. I had never heard of this artist but after doing some online research, I do rate his work. If you are interested here’s the artist’s online bio:

From www.aspirefinearthire.co.nz: Born in Masterton, Stephen Howard lived in Christchurch for several years before recently coming to Auckland. His work borders between the surreal and the super-real, and deals in regional subject matter that often appears universal or somewhat removed from simply naturalistic depiction. The feeling of solitude in Howard’s subject matter is expressed through an almost surreal simplicity of composition. The attention to specific objects makes his work full of stylistic ironies – it is often still and yet moving; highly calculated and articulated yet naturalistically organic, and his work maintains both an intimate consideration of the subject matter in the here and now, reminiscing, at the same time, of the past, only to escape both of these with a sense of timelessness, symbolism, infinity. These aspects radiate through Howard’s precise brushwork and skilled draughtsmanship, and create an alter-reality with an aura that is at times melancholic and reflective. Howard’s continuing interest in architecture is conveyed in these intricately detailed paintings that capture his “essence of place” – the attainment of which is crucial to the finished product. Nature is someBorn in Masterton, Stephen Howard lived in Christchurch for several years before recently coming to Auckland. His work borders between the surreal and the super-real, and deals in regional subject matter that often appears universal or somewhat removed from simply naturalistic depiction. The feeling of solitude in Howard’s subject matter is expressed through an almost surreal simplicity of composition. The attention to specific objects makes his work full of stylistic ironies – it is often still and yet moving; highly calculated and articulated yet naturalistically organic, and his work maintains both an intimate consideration of the subject matter in the here and now, reminiscing, at the same time, of the past, only to escape both of these with a sense of timelessness, symbolism, infinity. These aspects radiate through Howard’s precise brushwork and skilled draughtsmanship, and create an alter-reality with an aura that is at times melancholic and reflective. Howard’s continuing interest in architecture is conveyed in these intricately detailed paintings that capture his “essence of place” – the attainment of which is crucial to the finished product. Nature is sometimes strangely picturesque, oddly still and reflected in this. Other times, atmospheric paintings resonate in late afternoon light dances across rugged uninhabited terrain, whilst vast expanses of luminous blue stream as eternal flares into the sky. Stephen Howard has an impressive record of exhibitions since 1978 in which year he was included in the Centre Gallery Memorial Collection for Young Artists in Wellington. Later, in 1982 he was also a finalist in the Tokoroa Art Award. Howard’s work is held in a number of private and corporate collections throughout the Country including the Shell Corporation, Peat Marwick, Landcorp and the Bank of New Zealand. times strangely picturesque, oddly still and reflected in this. Other times, atmospheric paintings resonate in late afternoon light dances across rugged uninhabited terrain, whilst vast expanses of luminous blue stream as eternal flares into the sky. Stephen Howard has an impressive record of exhibitions since 1978 in which year he was included in the Centre Gallery Memorial Collection for Young Artists in Wellington. Later, in 1982 he was also a finalist in the Tokoroa Art Award. Howard’s work is held in a number of private and corporate collections throughout the Country including the Shell Corporation, Peat Marwick, Landcorp and the Bank of New Zealand.

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