Peter Howell(British, b. 1932)
Peter Howell was born in Caernarvon, North Wales in 1932. His father was an Army Captain. He was the youngest of nine children. Introduced into the world of racing when he was eight years old, he spent his school holidays at Newmarket in the stables of the Honorable George Lambton. After finishing his studies he had the choice of becoming a professional artist, or going on to a career in racing. He chose racing, including training horses as well as riding over fences. He eventually became the head-lad for Lampton. During this period he was always drawing and depicting the horses and landscapes that surrounded him.
In 1963, he decide to persue his career as a painter. He gained lost time and experience by visiting galleries and studying the work of various 20th Century painters. He was particularly influenced by the French impressionists and their immediate successors.
In 1969, he gave up racing professionally, moved to Cornwall and devoted himself entirely to his painting. In the same year he held a joint exhibition with his wife at Newmarket. This led to his work being seen by Arthur Ackermann & Son, Ltd., of London. He had his first joint exhibition at Ackermann in 1971 and his first one-man show in 1973. In the late 1970’s, Criswick Associates, New York, began showing his work in North America. In 1992 he became associated with the Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky, and from that time they have represented his work in America.
The subject matter of his paintings takes him to the racing areas of England, France, and America. He currently lives in Wiltshire, England. In 1970, Peter Howell was given recognition on the B.B.C. in a program on English Sporting Art. This was followed by one-man shows in London and New York. In March, 1980, he was represented Architectural Digest by a double-page color spread in an article titled “Art: The Sport of Kings.” The article featured him along with Toulouse Lautrec and Degas. On October 24, 1984, The Sunday Times of London ran a joint article on Stubbs and today’s equestrian artists, but the article singled out Peter Howell with a photograph and a quote saying: “Howell is about the best there is around today.”