Mark Howson’s art practice encompasses drawing, painting and sculpture. He lives and works on a small farm near Kyneton, Victoria, and his work is informed by the surrounding landscape.
To describe Mark’s work as graphic art would be to miss the point of his masterly use of brush and paint to create solid shapes in colours with texture and nuance. Mark paints what he sees – trees, dams, sheds, mountains.
While there is a nod towards the art of the mid 20th century, Mark’s works can also be described simply as beautifully synthesised versions of the landscape that allude a sense of playful novelty.
Mark studied Art and Design at Prahran College and Painting at the Victoria College of the Arts.
He was a founding member of Roar Studios – one of Melbourne’s first Artist-run gallery and studio spaces, which opened in Fitzroy in 1982. To read more about ROAR see below.
Since then, Mark has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and has been represented in numerous group exhibitions around Australia as well as Tokyo.
His work is held in the collections of the Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Geelong Art Gallery, Ballarat Art Gallery, New Parliament House Canberra, Art Bank, Monash University and numerous private collections in Australia, Europe, USA and Japan.