Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Peter Howson by Robert Heller

Later this week, Sue and I are planning another trip to Shrewsbury. We visited this historic market town earlier this year and had a great time sampling the food and drink in some of the local restaurants. One of my favourite purchases was this book - Peter Howson written by Robert Heller which I picked up in a charity book shop for just £2.50.

I was immediately struck by the stark images and limited pallete, which is very similar to my own limited paint pallete that I use to paint my own miniatures. This pallete has developed over the years to include earth brown, Snakebite Leather (from Games Workshop), pale flesh and blood red. I use very little blue or yellow - all painted over a black or dark brown base or undercoat. When I find other artists or art work using the same colours I always try to study them for further inspiration.

The works shown in this book are rather disturbing, but the style and colours used have some interest to me. Here are a few examples.

The book was published in 2003 by Momentum
(Momentum, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP.
240 pages with hundreds of illustrations.
ISBN 1902945115



Rob Alderman said...

Peter Howson is great, I actually copied some of his paintings when I was at school.

Tony said...

"I actually copied some of his paintings when I was at school."

I wasn't aware of him until I picked up the book. As I said in the post - I find his subject matter a bit'dark' but like his painting style and choice of colours.