About the Artist:
Peter Howson has faced many opponents in his life, not least the inner demons that drove him into battles with alcoholism and addiction – adversaries he overcame through a well-documented turn to faith. Whilst these obstacles were far from imagined, they went towards informing a rich artistic imagery that owes as much to psychic struggles as it does to secular experience.
Howson’s work evokes a sense of the epic in its appeal to a grand scale, whether through the colossal size of the works themselves, the cast of characters they depict – gargantuan bodied, sinewy limbed – or their religious overtures. On closer reading, however, it becomes apparent that the works are also attuned to the intimate minutiae of human existence: details of the artist’s familial and spiritual relationships punctuate his visual parables. It seems fitting to deduce that Howson aspires to be a storyteller rather than a prophet, and that his artistic heroism is of the unequivocally quixotic kind.