Born in Malaysia from Scots and Australian parents, HowardArthur is a contemporary post-impressionist realist, who helped co-found Artarmon Art Studios. His passions are for colour and movement and the strange wonder of what we see – in people, places and objects.
He has a particular interest in contemporary plein air landscape painting and in portraiture in oils and pastels.
Taking inspiration from artists such as Cezanne, Delacroix, Vuillard, Williams and Pinazo, as well as many other contemporary artists, (like Juniper, Bowling, Rego, Cummings and Tillyer).
He enjoys the never-ending challenge of attempting to master the tonal richness, subtleties and daring of oil as well as the freshness and vitality of pastel. Somehow to balance subtlety and boldness. Painting outdoors gives that extra sense of life, sometimes!
He studied earlier at Camden’s Working Mens College, Willoughby Workshop Arts Centre and then at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, the Royal Art Society of NSW and with Studio Escalier, France. He has exhibited in mainly group shows in Europe, US and Australia.
HowardArthur’s works are held in prestigious private collections in Australia, UK, US, France and Vietnam.
2020 Tu mejor pintura, Galeria artelibre, Zaragoza (digital exhibition)
2019 Group Exhibition, TIA, Galleria de Marchi, Bologna
2019,20 Autumn/Winter Exhibition, Rossocinabro Gallery, Rome
2019 Landscape: Rural vs Urban, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
2019 Hunters Hill Art Exhibition, Hunters Hill Town Hall, Finalist
2017,19,20 Artists of Mosman - 2088, Mosman Art Gallery
2018 Solo exhibition, Thienny Lee Gallery, Sydney
2018 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing, QCA Project Gallery, Finalist
2018 Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Gallery, Finalist
2017 Life Drawing exhibition, Untitled Factory, Montmartre
2016 Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Finalist
2015 Blacktown Art Prize, Blacktown Arts Centre, Finalist
2015 Contemporary Painting, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Semi-Finalist
2014 NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize, Semi-Finalist, Salon des Refuses, Parliament House
2014 Collection Beaux-Arts Realiste, Pastel (digital competition), Finalist
2013 Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Finalist
2013 The Australian Art Show, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
2013,15 Mosman Art Society Members Exhibition, Mosman Art Gallery
2013 The Story of the Creative, Long Island, New York (digital exhibition)
2012 PARALLAX Art Fair, Chelsea, London, UK
2012-14 Lane Cove Art Society Members Exhibition
2012-16 Royal Art Society of NSW Art School Student and Teachers Exhibition
2010-15 Julian Ashton Art School Student and Teachers Exhibition
July 2017 Guia de Arte y Artistas Leonardo 2017
November 2016 ArtEdit Magazine
August 2014 Visual Language Magazine, US
August 2012 Southwest Art Magazine, US
Current Mosman Art Society, Portrait Artists Australia (exhibiting), Farnham Art Society, Society of Scottish Artists