Ken Howard RA (1932 – 2022)

Hampstead Church (St Stephen’s Church, Rosslyn Hill)


Oil on board

75 x 91 cm

Ken Howard’s magnificent view of St Stephen’s Church, Hampstead. The artist’s rich, deep colour palette and use of impasto underline the neo-gothic style of the church. Howard died in Hampstead and painted several views of the area and its architecture.

St Stephen’s was designed in the Neo Gothic style by Samuel Sanders Teulon and he considered it the best of the 114 churches he designed, calling it his “mighty church”. The building is no longer a church, but wedding ceremonies still take place there; it was made a Grade I listed building in 1974.

Kenneth Howard OBE RA was a British artist and painter. He was President of the New English Art Club from 1998 to 2003. He studied at the Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art. In 1958 he won a British Council Scholarship to Florence, and in 1973 and 1978 he was the Official War Artist to Northern Ireland, and 1973 – 80 worked in various locations, including Hong Kong, Cyprus and Canada with the British Army. In 1983 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA). In 1998 he became President of the New English Art Club, a post he held until 2003. In 1991 he was elected a Royal Academician (RA). Howard was given his OBE in 2010.

Condition: very good.

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