Born in 1958, Peter Howson is a Scottish artist famous for his often disturbing and controversial work.
He is best known for his portrayal of masculine working men.
Possessing a distinctive style, you know a “Peter Howson” when you see one.
Scotland’s Greatest Living Artist?
Howson prints are in high demand and he is considered one of Scotland’s greatest living artists.
His influences include Picasso and Cubism, surrealism including Salvador Dali, plus Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Born in London in 1958 but raised in Ayr from the age of four, Howson grew up in a religious family and his work often returns to themes such as crucifixion.
He can perhaps be credited with starting a new renaissance in religious paintings in the world of contemporary art.
His images often challenge us to consider preconceptions of religious characters and stories.
Glasgow School of Art
Howson studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1975 and was one of the leading lights of the New Glasgow Boys movement of Scottish figurative painters who burst onto the art scene in the 1980s.
Peter Howson OBE (an honour he has since returned) was the official war artist for the Bosnian conflict in 1993. He has battled mental illness including depression, and drug and alcohol addiction. He has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Brother Walfrid Commission
In 2008 Howson was commissioned to paint a portrait of Celtic founder Brother Walfrid.
Peter Howson’s painting was unveiled in November 2014. “Brother Walfrid” is the study of a son of a peasant farmer, Irish immigrant, Marist Brother, and the central figure in the formation of Celtic Football Club.
He said: “The green in the painting was a conscious decision and makes me feel Brother Walfrid’s connection with Celtic Football Club. This man created this incredible worldwide thing.
“I don’t know if any miracles have been attributed to Brother Walfrid. I think you’ve got to have at least one miracle…maybe Celtic is the miracle.”
Peter Howson Artwork
For any Peter Howson fans, the organisation behind the campaign to raise awareness of Brother Walfrid is a huge fan too.
Nine Muses owns more than 60 Peter Howson originals, including the iconic Temptation of St. Anthony.
All 60 are available for sale. Please fill in the contact form to arrange a private viewing or get a price.