London born Ken Howard is renowned as a painter of scenes in London, Cornwall and Venice. A Royal Academician and liveryman and freeman of the City of London, Howard was the Official War Artist to Northern Ireland in 1973 and 1978 and President of the New English Art Club from 1998 to 2003. He once got told off for painting in Trafalgar Square and of his style, he once commented: “I was brought up in London surrounded by railway yards and factories. This has very much influenced the use of horizontal and vertical structures and lines in my work. I am not a landscape painter, but rather a vertical horizontal and linear painter, which is why I have a passion for the lines that occur within my studios, and include them in my paintings. When I study a model, I think of that figure not in rhythmical terms, but in vertical or horizontal positions and planes”.