As part of the North east Open Studios (NEOS) running from the 12th – 21st September, The Butterworth Gallery, in Ballogie, near Aboyne is showcasing a selection of Howard’s work, spanning nearly forty years as an artist in the North East of Scotland.
The work displayed is diverse in nature, some pieces are uncharacteristic of the usual ‘Butterworth’ style which can normally be described as ’emotional realism’. Included in the exhibition are some fun pencil sketches, a few abstract canvases, examples of commissioned pieces and also some unseen works; which as a complete package help to paint the picture of the true artist within. A person who is not afraid to try new techniques, tackle different subject matter or paint to the remit of an occasion. He is happy to express himself on canvas using colour to convey his emotions and is able to see the humour in art . His abstract pieces still hold the lure of a landscape, but in a free and bold manner, unlike any other paintings on display.
For Howard becoming an Artist was a lifestyle choice; he moved away from a successful career in the corporate world, which left him feeling unfulfilled and with the support of his family made the conscious decision to choose the artistic path full-time. Howard’s composition, style, technique and quality of work, is a testament to his exacting standards and he continues to give great pleasure to both his loyal patrons and new admirers alike.
The Butterworth Gallery
Opening hours during NEOS:
Thursday – Monday inclusive 11am – 5pm
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written by H.J.K