Peter Howson is a Scottish painter who, in our opinion, is the brightest star in post-war British figurative painting. He was appointed OBE in the Queen's 2009 Birthday Honours.
One of the so-called Glasgow Boys, Howson exploded on the art world in the late 1980s, doing much to restate the importance of figurative painting in an art world obsessed by the abstract and the conceptual. His work has encompassed a number of themes with his early works typified by very masculine working class men, most famously in The Heroic Dosser (1987).
Later he was the official war artist for the Bosnian civil war in 1993. Here he produced some of his most shocking and controversial work detailing the atrocities which were taking place at the time, including the controversial painting “Croatian and Muslim”, detailing a rape scene. The painting was later purchased by David Bowie and after Bowie's death sold at Sotheby's London for £173,000.
His work is exhibited in many major public collections in the UK, Europe and the USA and has been in the private collection of celebrities such as Bowie, Mick Jagger and Madonna (who inspired a number of paintings in 2002).