Ken Howard

Newlyn morning

Oil on canvas: 48(h) x 40(w) in /

121.9(h) x 101.6(w) cm

Signed; titled on the reverse

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 b.1932 London


Newlyn morning


Signed; titled on the reverse

Oil on canvas: 48 x 40 in / 121.9 x 101.6 cm

Frame size: 55 ¾ x 47 ¾ in / 141.6 x 121.3 cm



Richard Green Gallery, London, 2005

Private collection, London, 2006



London, Richard Green, Chiaroscuro: An exhibition of works by Ken Howard, February 2005, no. 29



“I’ve always loved harbours and shipyards … The first painting I ever sold was the Shipyard at Aberdeen, in about 1946 for 2 guineas to David Brown, a tractor manufacturer, who I later found out was the DB of Aston Martin …


… I went to Aberdeen during the war to avoid the bombing. My Uncle Jimmy was a long-distance lorry driver and would take me up as a boy. I also went to the Shipyards in Glasgow. I was painting properly from age seven and could draw and paint before I could write …


… When I’d finished at the RCA, I wanted to paint an epic, ‘Fishermen of England’, and asked a Newlyn Trawlerman if I could go out with them, but the Captain said I should go on a liner boat first to see how I’d react. I was horribly sick and lost everything! The last thing I wanted to do when I got back to the harbour was to go on a boat again!” (Ken Howard, November 2016)



Biographical chronology


1932                Ken Howard born in London


1949-53                       Studied at the Hornsey School of Art


1952                First exhibited at the Royal Academy


1953-55           National Service in the Royal Marines


1955-58                       Studied at the Royal College of Art


1958-59                       British Council Scholarship to Florence


1959                                 First exhibited at the New English Art Club

First exhibited at 147 New Bond Street


1962                                 Elected member of the New English Art Club


1966                                 Elected member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters

First prize Lord Mayor’s Art Award


1969                                 First prize Arundel Art Centre


1973                Appointed official artist in Ireland by the Imperial War Museum


1978                Prize winner John Moores Exhibition


1979                                 Elected member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours

Prize winner John Laing Exhibition


1981                 Elected member of the Royal West of England Academy


1982                First prize Hunting Group Awards


1983                Associate Member of the Royal Academy

Prize winner Royal West of England Academy


1985                 Critics’ prize, Sparkasse Karlsruhe


1986                Prize winner New English Art Club Centenary Exhibition


1988                Honorary Member of the Royal Society of British Artists

Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters


1991                 Member of the Royal Academy


1998                President of the New English Art Club


2001                Critics’ prize New English Art Club 2001


2004                Elected Royal Academy Professor of Perspective


2006                Elected fellow of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters


2007                Appointed Freeman of the City of London, Liveryman Painter Stainers


2008                Honorary Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art


2010                                 Awarded OBE for services to Art in the Queen’s Birthday Honours


2011                Publication of Light and Dark: The Autobiography of Ken Howard RA



Commissions include:          The Drapers Company

                                                The Haberdashers Company

                                                States of Jersey

                                                HQ British Army of the Rhine

                                                United Nations Forces in Cyprus

                                                The Stock Exchange, London

                                                Lloyds of London

                                                The Royal Hospital, Chelsea

                                                Banque Paribas






Works by Ken Howard can be seen in the following public collections:


Royal Academy of Arts, London

Plymouth City Art Gallery

Sheffield Art Gallery

Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Guildhall Art Gallery, London

Ulster Museum and Art Gallery

The Imperial War Museum, London

The National Army Museum, London



One Man Exhibitions


1955    Plymouth Art Centre

1966    John Whibley Gallery, London

1968    John Whibley Gallery, London

1971         New Grafton Gallery, London

1972    Plymouth Art Gallery – Retrospective Exhibition

1974    New Grafton Gallery, London

1976    New Grafton Gallery, London

1978    New Grafton Gallery, London

1979    New Metropole, Folkestone

Hong Kong Art Centre

St Helier Gallery

1980    St Helier Gallery

1981    New Grafton Gallery, London

1982    Nicosia

1983    Delhi 1983

1984         New Grafton Gallery, London

St Helier Gallery

1985         New Grafton Gallery, London

1986         Linton Court Gallery

1987    Lowndes Lodge Gallery, London

New Grafton Gallery, London


1989    Lowndes Lodge Gallery, London

1990    New Grafton Gallery, London

Lowndes Lodge Gallery, London

1991    Lowndes Lodge Gallery, London

Brian Sinfield Gallery, Gloucestershire

1992    Lowndes Lodge Gallery, London

1993    New Grafton Gallery, London

            Brian Sinfield Gallery, Gloucestershire

1995         New Grafton Gallery, London

Brian Sinfield Gallery, Gloucestershire

1997         New Grafton Gallery, London

1998         The Everard Read, Johannesburg

2000         New Grafton Gallery, London

The Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2002    Richard Green, London

2003    Richard Green, London

2004    Richard Green, London

2005    Richard Green, London

2006    Richard Green, London

2007    Richard Green, London

2009    Richard Green, London

2011    Richard Green, London

2012    Richard Green, London

2013    Richard Green, London

2015    Richard Green, London


2016    Richard Green, London


2017    Richard Green, London


Ken Howard