Born in Cardiff Howard Coles studied at Cardiff College of Art. Formerly head of Art & Design at Hope University, Liverpool he now resides on the Llyn Peninsula in north Wales, which has been central to his work in printmaking and painting.
Howard’s impulse to work with the coastal landscape of Wales is now ingrained - not from holding a mirror to the landscape but as a reaction to the first telling observations of what is seen and felt. He tends to look within most coastal landscapes for those elements of gesture and rhythm which can be further articulated in print and painting.
Exposed underpainting helps build up a sensuous surface while the directness of each composition and a fairly tight palette clearly have their origins in his earlier experience of printmaking and sculpture. Underlying this crucial observation lies the bones of his work - the emotional and technical framework that holds each painting together.


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