Ghislaine Howard's work is characterised by a passionate directness that never falls into the sentimental.
Manchester Art Gallery
Thursday 16 March 2017, 7pm–9pm
A Woman of the Year in 2008, Ghislaine Howard is best known for painting the extremes of the human condition from the most intimate to the most public. Her works are held in the Royal Collection, the Manchester and Whitworth art galleries and many other public and private collections.
Ghislaine Howard, The Human Touch: Paintings, Drawings and Prints 1980 – 2016, provides an intimate portrait of her life and work to date. It includes over 300 illustrations and is designed by Micah Purnell, one of the most talented designers of his generation. Its publication coincides with a retrospective exhibition at Collect Art in Lymm which opens on 24 March.
Ghislaine Howard was born in 1953 in Eccles and is one of the most prominent artists working in the North-West today. A painter of powerful means, her work is characterised by a passionate directness that never falls into the sentimental. The book is a testament to the continuing ambition to use painting to explore, critique and celebrate shared human experience: family, love, death, sexuality, and the vulnerability of being human in the contemporary world. Her subject matter embraces the private and the public worlds we all occupy, and owes as much to contemporary media as it does to the great artists of the past.
This substantial 300 page, hard back, cloth bound volume, written by her husband, the art historian Michael Howard, includes contributions from amongst others, Professor David Peters-Corbett of the Courtauld Institute, Jill Cook from the British Museum, Fionna Barber, Reader in Art History at MMU and Michael Simpson and Claire Stewart from the Lowry.