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Ken Howard OBE RA HonRWS HonRBA ROI RWA PPNEAC HonSGFA (1932-2022)

James Kenneth Howard, OBE RA HonRWS HonRBA ROI RWA PPNEAC HonSGFA (1932-2022)

Ken Howard was one of Britain’s best-loved artists, his light-filled landscapes and studio scenes being always greatly anticipated by visitors to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Ken Howard was born in London on 26 December 1932, the younger of two children of Frank Howard, a Lancashire-born mechanical fitter, and his Scottish wife, Elizabeth (née Meikle), who took in lodgers and worked as a domestic cleaner. He and his family spent his earliest years in a flat in Alder Grove, Cricklewood, moving to a house in Review Road, Neasden, when he was about six years old. While still a child, he determined to become a painter, and received inspiration and support from Robert Whitmore, his art master at Kilburn Grammar School, during the years 1944-49. It was Whitmore who encouraged him to study at Hornsey College of Art, where, between 1949 and 1953, he applied himself and made excellent progress, arguably becoming the star of his year. As a result, he gained the confidence to apply early for the Royal College of Art, and received a place.

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