Ghislaine Howard (b.1953)
Acrylic on Board
Size (inches): 5.5 (h) x 7.5 (w) inches
Size (cm): 14 (h) x 19.1 (w) cm
as Ghislaine she was called by her middle name Marianne until her mid twenties.
Ghislaine remembers her childhood as a happy period, though often unsettled and
fraught with anxiety. However, redeemed by a strong sense of family identity
father was an amateur painter to which some of his work still hangs in her
home. However, her father may not have been the greatest role model for a
budding artist, as Ghislaine remembers that her father use to say ‘by the time you got out all your paints and
set your palette, all you really wanted was a cup of tea and forty winks’.
she grew older she won many prizes for her art. Her passion for art found
expression in the drawing classes run by the Salford bases artist Harold Riley
at the much missed Buile Hill Park Museum. Harold was a great teacher, his
enthusiasm was infectious and Ghislaine’s confidence in drawing developed
apace. She enjoyed the freedom of drawing with charcoal and pastel and she
began to discover the expressive possibilities of colour and texture. Her
mother and father encouraged her emerging talent and never questioned her
desire to be an artist.
enrolled at Newcastle University and spent the next 4 years developing her
is known as painter of powerful and expressive means, whose work charts and
interprets our shred experience. She was named as Woman Of The Year in 2008 for
her contribution to art and society. A painter of powerful and expressive
means. She first came to public attention with her ground breaking exhibition
concerning pregnancy and birth, the first of its kind, at Manchester City Art
Gallery, ‘A Shared Experience’ the
exhibition attracted much critical acclaim.