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Michael Howard
After graduating from Chelsea School of Art I began making Automata and for twelve highly successful years I exhibited widely with exhibitions in major galleries throughout the UK including Manchester City Art Gallery, Birmingham City Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert museum. I was attracted to teaching in the early 90’s and I spent 20 years in schools teaching art. I recently left my last post as Head of Art at Rugby School in order to paint full time.<br><br> I have a life time of involvement in art making and describing the world around me and for a good handful of years now I have been painting landscapes. The hills, mountains and valleys that surround me here in Wales are an inspiration and and have become an important part of my life.<br><br> My recent paintings are an emotional response to what I experience and observe when walking in the hills around Brecon. While they are on the whole, topographically truthful and a figurative representation of what I witness, they are really much more about the marks that I use, the application of colour and confident gestures that I apply. I am more interested in the vitality and energy of my chosen materials. Hopefully the paintings hold a strong individual identity as well as echo a particular reality.