Biography of Rachel Howard
The Irish painter, Rachel Howard, is renowned for the emotional charge of her canvases. Combining scale, space, and depth to great effect, her work possesses a contradictory sense of both limitlessness and isolation, creating a world so open in scale that the viewer is unable to quite grasp it. Engaged in what could be described as an exploration of what it means to be human, each series of works explore the emotive potency of the artist’s chosen medium and investigate how the works’ resonate with the viewer.
First starting using domestic gloss paint in 1995, Rachel Howard's technique involves applying pigment to the edge of the canvas. Diluted with varnish, the paint is then allowed to be drawn down the canvas by gravity. Indeed, Howard's silkscreen Porphura gently echoes her painting practice—that same use of depth and gravity is palpable in this somber and evocative limited edition.
Born in 1969 in County Dunham, Rachel Howard finished her art degree in Goldsmiths College in 1991. She was awarded the Princes Trust Award in 1992 and was also shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2004. Howard has participated in numerous exhibitions around the world including In the darkest hour there will be light: works from Damien Hirst's Murderme collection, Serpentine Gallery, 2006 in London. In 2011 she had a solo exhibition entitled Repetition is Truth at the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, in Naples. Howard's work can be found in a host of public and private collections including the Olbricht Collection in Berlin, the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, and the Ackland Art Museum in the US.