Ken Howard OBE RA

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Ken Howard OBE RA

Ken Howard OBE, RA b. 1932 was president of the New English Art Club from 1998 - 2003.


Ken Howard is one of few living artists who are able to capture light so vividly in both oil and watercolour. After art school and working as the official war artist for the Imperial War Museum, he travelled widely painting life and nature with superb honesty and accuracy, demonstrating a magical understanding of light, often found in works by artists such as J.M.W. Turner.

He has exhibited at the Royal Academy since 1964 being elected ARA in 1983 and RA in 1992, having won a number of major awards along the way.

Today he is known for his ability to fuse light and atmosphere in paint. His range of subjects encompasses the studio nude, Venetian scenes and Cornish beaches. His work is to be found in many private and public collections including the Imperial War Museum and Plymouth City Art Gallery.

Howard has won various prizes including:

  • 1996 Lord Mayor’s Art Award (first prize)
  • 1978 John Moores Exhibition in Liverpool
  • 1979 John Laing Competition
  • 1982 Hunting Group Awards (first prize)[4]
  • 1983 RWA
  • 1985 Critics Prize at Sparkasse Karlsruhe
  • 1986 NEAC Centenary Award
Ken Howard OBE RA