Biography

Ghislaine Howard is known as a painter of powerful and expressive means, whose work charts and interprets our shared experience.

Photo by David Oates

She was named as a Woman of The Year in 2008 for her contribution to art and society. A painter of powerful and expressive means.

She first came to public attention  with her ground-breaking exhibition concerning pregnancy and birth, the first of its kind, at Manchester City Art Gallery, A Shared Experience the exhibition attracted much critical acclaim.

She has worked on commissioned projects with various diverse communities including cathedrals, theatres, prisons, the BBC, Women’s Refuges and as well as with major organisations such as Amnesty International.

She has shown her large cycle of paintings The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure to great acclaim at the two Liverpool Cathedrals at Canterbury Cathedral and other venues as part of an ongoing tour of cathedral cities in UK. Her 25 foot high Visitation Altarpiece can be seen in Trinity Chapel at Liverpool Hope University

For Liverpool’s celebrations as Capital of Culture she produced a major new work The Empty Tomb which was unveiled by the Bishop of Liverpool on Easter Sunday 2008.

She is continuing to work on a series of paintings in response to news images taken from the Guardian newspaper – an exhibition of 365 of these paintings was shown at Imperial War Museum North from March to September 2009. These are forming the basis of a major new series The Seven Acts of Mercy.

From February to May 2013, Ghislaine’s drawing Pregnant Self Portrait July 1987 was at the centre of the British Museum’s ground breaking exhibition, Ice Age Art / Arrival of the Modern Mind, where it was placed alongside 30,000 year old sculptures of pregnant women, some of the earliest representations of the human form.

She has featured in various publications and television documentaries including Degas: An Old Man Mad about Art, 1996 and Degas and the Dance in 2004, which was awarded the prestigious international Peabody Award.

She is represented in many public and private collections including the Royal Collection.

A major monograph, The Human Touch, dedicated to her work is due to be published in October 2016

Selected critical comments:

Concerning A Shared Experience, Manchester City Art Gallery

It is through Howard’s moving embodiment of empathy that she really makes her mark. Her work is so intimately tender in approach it could hardly have been painted by any male at any time anywhere.

Robert Clark, The Guardian

Concerning The Stations of the Cross /The Captive Figure

Howard is well on her way to becoming one of the great humanist artists of our time.

Zaria Shreef, The Big Issue

Ghislaine Howard’s images are compelling, powerful, and emphatic. They are unusual in that they communicate man’s inhumanity to man to the art lover and lay person alike. These are very important paintings that transcend the limitations of the gallery space to speak to us all.

Dr. Helen Bamber, Medical Foundation for the CaVictims of Torture

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Future Exhibitions

  • The Human Touch, Collect Art, October 2016

Selected Exhibitions since April 2016

  • From Degas to Ghislaine Howard, Gateway Gallery, March – April 2016
  • Be Still part of the PassionArt Trail, John Rylands Library, February – April 2016
  • A Derbyshire Passion, Derby Cathedral, March – April 2016
  • Inaugural Exhibition, Gateway Gallery, November – December 2015
  • Young Masters Dialogues, Sphinx Fine Art, London, October 2015
  • Return of the Prodigal Son, Manchester Cathedral, July – September 2015
  • Portraits, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, March 2015
  • The 365 Series / PassionArt Trail, Manchester Art Gallery, April 2014
  • Pinhole Man, Cresswell Crags Museum, Summer 2014
  • PassionArt Trail, St Ann’s Church, Manchester, March – April 2014
  • Poetry, Passion and Painting, Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, May 2013
  • Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind, The British Museum, March – June 2013
  • The Choreography of Walking, Chapman Gallery Salford University, March 2011
  • The Circus Animals’ Desertion, Birr Arts Festival, Ireland, August 2010
  • Solo Exhibition: The 365 Series Imperial War Museum North, March 2009
  • Slic Dessin, Paris, with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery March 2009
  • Towards The Empty Tomb, Liverpool Cathedral, 2008/9
  • The Intimate Portrait, Whitworth Gallery Manchester, September 2007- January 2009
  • The Stuff of Life, Saltaire Festival,  September 2008
  • Towards The Empty Tomb, Derby Cathedral, February – March 2008
  • Changing Eight, Liverpool Hope University College, January 2007
  • ‘One Family – Three  Painters’, Wendy Levy Contemporary Art with Michael and Cordelia Howard, June 2007
  • Vesali Icones, Paintings used as the setting for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Vesali Icones with the musical ensemble Psappha, Gulbenkian, Lisbon, January 2005; Queen Elizabeth Hall, May, 2005 and Buenos Aires, June 2005
  • Encounters, Solo Show, Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art, November 2004
  • A Shared Experience, two linked exhibitions at the Sheridan Russell Gallery, London and the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London. September – October 2004
  • artLondon with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, 2004
  • Sex in the City, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, The Glass House Gallery, London 2004         
  • Out of Office, Manchester Technology Centre, April 2004
  • Presence, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, February 2004
  • Selected Works from the BBC Residency, BBC, Manchester, June 2001- April 2004
  • artLondon with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, June 2003
  • The Unguarded Moment, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, artLondon, May 2002
  • Intimacy, the Mostyn Gallery and the Lowry, Arts Council, January – April 2002
  • Art on Paper, representing the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, Royal College of Art, February 2002
  • Works by Ghislaine, Michael and Cordelia Howard, Duke’s Oak Gallery, October 2000
  • One person exhibition, Amnesty International Conference, Edinburgh, May 2001
  • Exhibition in Aid of the Medical Foundation Caring for Victims of Torture, Royal College of Art, London, October 2000
  • Times of Our Lives, Endings and Beginnings April – October 2000, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
  • Recent Work, solo exhibition, Horizon Modern Art, Brussels, November 1998
  • The Discerning Eye, London, invited artist (by critic/curator Richard Kendall), November 1998
  • The Informal Portrait, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, November – January, 1997-8
  • Paintings and Drawings of The Women of Troy, solo exhibition at the National Theatre, London, June 1995
  • Caught in The Act: Paintings produced as the official painter to Manchester’s year as ‘European City of Drama’, solo exhibition, British Council, Manchester, November, 1995
  • A Shared Experience, solo exhibition, Manchester City Art Gallery, resulting from a six month residency in Saint Mary’s Maternity Unit, Manchester, April ‑ May 1993
  • Critic’s Choice, Wendy Beckett, Bruton Street Gallery, London May- June 1992
  • Solo Show, Flying Colours Gallery, Edinburgh, September 1991

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London

Since 2001, Ghislaine has been shown at various international art fair exhibitions, represented by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London

Stations of the Cross the Captive Figure

The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, Realised in conjunction with Liverpool Hope University College and supported by Amnesty International and North West Arts Board, 2000 – 2001 have been exhibited at the following venues:

  • Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, April – May, 2000
  • Liverpool Hope Chapel, May 2000 – March 2001
  • Canterbury Cathedral and The Cynthia Corbett Gallery at 54, The Gallery, London, March – April 2001
  • Liverpool Cathedral, March – April 2002
  • The Research and Education Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester, October 2002
  • Gloucester Cathedral, March – April 2003
  • Derby Cathedral and Art Gallery, March – April 2005
  • Bakewell Festival, August 2008
  • Liverpool Cathedral, including The Empty Tomb, February – March 2008
  • Exeter Cathedral, Feb – May 2009
  • Wirksworth Parish Church, 2010
  • Lichfield Cathedral February – May 2011
  • With the 365 Series and Judas: the Departure, York Minster, February – May 2011
  • With the 365 Series, Chester Cathedral, March – April 2011
  • York Minster, February – May 2012
  • Manchester Cathedral, November 2013
  • Oscott College, March – May 2014
  • Old Glossop Parish Church, April – May 2015, April – May 2016

 

FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS

  • The Human Touch, Michael Howard, published by Collect Art, October 2016

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS since 1993

  • The Northern School: From Degas to Ghislaine Howard, Gateway Gallery, 2016
  • PassionArtTrail: Be Still, Lesley Sutton, 2016
  • PassionArt Trail, Lesley Sutton, 2014
  • The Circus Animals’ Desertion, Irish Arts Council, 2010
  • Death’s Broken Dominion, Laura Gascoigne, The Tablet March 2008
  • Twelve Women Artists, Judy Rose, Wendy Levy Contemporary Art, 2006
  • Presence,  Meryl Doney, (ed.), exhibition catalogue, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, 2004
  • Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, edited by Michael Howard of Manchester Metropolitan University with contributions by Dr. Joan Crossley, Leicester University and Dr. Shannon Ledbetter, Liverpool Hope University College
  • Exhibiting Gender, Sarah Hyde, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University Press, September 1997
  • Steeple Chase Park, poetry by Frances Neagle, 1996
  • Artist’s Diary, Art Review, March 1994
  • Portraiture and Drawing the Figure, Ray Smith,  published by Dorling Kindersley, in association with the Royal Academy, 1994
  • A Shared Experience, Manchester City Art Gallery and Wellcome Foundation, essay by David Peters‑Corbett, 1993/4

Reviews in various publications including: Anglican Theological Review, British Medical Journal, ACE Magazine, Gallery Magazine, The Guardian, Modern Painters, The Women’s Art Journal;

Features: Art Review, The Artist Magazine, Big Issue, Daily Telegraph, The Tablet.

TELEVISION AND FILM

  • Who Do You Say I Am? BBC1, Easter 2007
  • Part of the team that produced Degas and the Dance; the production was awarded The Peabody Award in May 2004
  • Featured artist in Mischa Scorer’s Omnibus film for BBC 1, Degas, The Old Man Mad About Art, 1996
  • Featured artist in Granada Television’s In Celebration programme, The Nude, transmitted July 1994

RADIO

Featured in Women’s Hour, 1993 various contributions to local B.B.C. broadcasts; occasional contributor to G.M.R. current affairs and arts programme.

THEATRE

Vesali Icones, Paintings used as the setting for Peter Maxwell Davies’s Vesali Icones with the musical ensemble Psappha, at venues including the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; Buenos Ares; the Gilbenkian, Lisbon; Queen Elizabeth Hall, London during 2004 – 2005

COLLECTIONS

Work in various collections including  The Royal Collection; Manchester Art Gallery; Whitworth Art Gallery; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; Salford City Art Gallery; the BBC, Saint Mary’s Maternity Unit, Manchester; the Manchester Metropolitan University, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, British Medical Association, Liverpool Hope University College.

Private collections: Great Britain, Eire, France, Belgium, Germany, USA, Australia and elsewhere.