Ken Howard RA & The Royal Exchange

24/11/2015     Modern & Contemporary British Art, News Stories & Press Release

Roseberys Fine Art Auction Picture Feature: “From the Royal Exchange, Snow Effect”

Roseberys London Fine Art Auction

Tuesday 1 December & Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 10am, London

London – Rosebery Fine Art auctioneers are delighted to present “From the Royal Exchange, Snow Effect” by British artist Ken Howard RA, at the forthcoming December Fine Art sale held on 1 & 2 December 2015.

Born in 1932 in London artist Ken Howard studied at Hornsey College of Art between 1949 – 53.
Two years later, after fulfilling his duties in the National Service, he restarted his studies with a place at Royal College of Art in 1955 where, he continued until 1958. In that same year he won a British Council Scholarship to Florence. This trip was the first in his career of extensive travels as an artist.  In 1973 and 1978 he was the Official War Artist to Northern Ireland, and 1973–80 worked in various locations, including Hong Kong, Cyprus and Canada with the British Army.
Howard was elected a Royal Academician (RA) in 1991 and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours. Howard continues to paint to this day, exhibiting with Richard Green Gallery in 2011.
Howard, has spoken of his passion for the horizontal and vertical linear aspects to making a painting which is clear to see in his “Self Portrait with Fantin Latour”.
Howard discussing his paintings “For me painting is about three things. It is about revelation, communication and celebration. By revelation I mean giving people a way of seeing, revealing the world around them in a way they have never seen before, opening their eyes. By communication I mean revealing the world with a personal language, speaking directly in an instantly recognisable style. My last criterion, celebration, is perhaps more difficult to explain. We all suffer in our lives, we lose loved ones, We suffer illnesses and the stresses and strains of normal life. But I want art to raise me above that, when I look at painting I want it to be elevating, I want it to celebrate life…”
Lot Details:
Ken Howard RA, British b.1932- ”From The Royal Exchange, Snow Effect”; oil on canvas, signed, 51x61cm, (unframed) (may be subject to Droit de Suite) Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner. [Lot 829] Estimate £4,000 – £6,000
Howard painted two Royal Exchange works, “The Royal exchange, Rain Effect” sold last year at auction for £32,500.
Further Lot highlights:
Lot 855
Eugène Galien-Laloue, French 1854-1941- Paris street scenes; gouache, two, both signed, 18.8×30.8cm and 18.1×31.7cm, (2)
Estimate £10,000 – £15,000 [Lot 855]
Lot 637
Sir Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley RP ROI, British 1880-1952- Portrait of The Hon Cecil Arthur Campbell (1869-1932), officer in the Royal Company of Archers, Queen’s bodyguard in Scotland, standing three-quarter length turned to the left; oil on canvas, signed and dated 1927, in a carved giltwood Louis XIV style frame, 165.5×104.5cm (may be subject to Droit de Suite)
Estimate £2,000 – £2,500 [Lot 637]
All the items in this sale are on view at Roseberys Lambeth saleroom from Friday 27 November – Tuesday 2 December, (Please note times below) where our specialists are on hand to provide additional information or advice. The catalogue for the sale is available on our website at where bidders can register to bid live online using Roseberys in-house bidding platform RoseberysLive, or through the services of and
Viewing times
Friday 27 November: 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 29 November: 10am – 2pm
Monday 30 November: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 1 December: 9am – 9.45am
Wednesday 2 December: 9am – 9.45am


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