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