Inspired by Turner, Ken Howard RA’s en plein air paintings of Switzerland reveal the landscape in a new light.
"Switzerland is the most inspiring country I have ever worked in, and I have painted as far afield as Nepal and Borneo in the East and Belize and Canada in the West. Nowhere else have I experienced so completely the grandeur of the landscape, the beauty of the reflecting lakes, the space and scale that reduces man to insignificance.” Ken Howard, RA
For the fourth in the Academicians in Focus series, we are proud to present a selection of small paintings by Ken Howard RA made during his extensive travels in Switzerland.
Inspired by J.M.W. Turner’s numerous tours in 1841, Ken Howard RA made five visits to Switzerland, which totally changed his perception of the country. These expeditions resulted in one hundred plein-airoil paintings on board and canvas of monumental landscapes, reflecting lakes and historical towns. This will be the first time that these paintings have been exhibited.
Born in 1932, Howard has exhibited widely within the UK and internationally and his work is held in numerous public collections. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and awarded an OBE in 2010. He continues to live and work in London.