Howard, Ghislaine

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Ghislaine Howard

1953 –

Ghislaine Howard is one of the England’s finest living artists,  a painter of powerful and expressive means. Her works, using a subdued palette, deal with the human condition, interpreting human experience.

She is perhaps best known for being the only living artist to feature in The British Museum’s major exhibition of 2013 “Ice Age Art – the arrival of the modern mind”. The exhibition billed as “40,000 years in the making” looked at the development of art from the Ice age to Picasso. A self portrait of Ghislaine was included.

Before that she shot to fame with a ground-breaking exhibition concerning pregnancy and birth, the first of its kind, at Manchester City Art Gallery, “A Shared Experience”. The exhibition attracted massive critical acclaim.

She has worked on commissioned projects with various communities including theatres, prisons, the BBC, Women’s Refuges and cathedrals as well as with major organisations such as Amnesty International.

For Liverpool’s celebrations as Capital of Culture she completed a major new work – The Empty Tomb – which was unveiled by the Bishop of Liverpool on Easter Sunday 2008 and was on show throughout the year.

More recently, Ghislaine’s series of paintings in response to news images taken from the Guardian newspaper, the 365 daily images, was shown at the Imperial War Museum North.

She is represented in many public and private collections including The Royal Collection, Manchester City Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, Salford City Art Gallery and Oxford University.

Ghislaine was named as a Woman of The Year for her contribution to art and society in 2008.