Peter Howson studied at Glasgow School of Art, alongside contemporaries such as Adrian Wiszniewski, Ken Currie and Stephen Campbell who were known collectively as the Glasgow Boys, Howson was one of the central figures in the school of Scottish figurative painting that rose to prominence in the 1980s.
He was the official war artist during the Bosnian War with his work shown in major exhibitions nationally. His work is in collections world-wide including Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Victoria & Albert Museum, He was awarded the Henry Moore Foundation Prize in 1988, and was made Doctor of Letters, Honoras Causa, by the University of Strathclyde in 1996.
Howson works predominantly with male figures portrayed in a bold, muscular style that use line and colour to powerful, expressive effect. The almost grotesque form of his overly developed bodies was to become the focus of much of Howson's most lauded work. Howson's stated abhorrence of violent culture is reflected and often replicated in much of his work and there seems to be an intrinsic link between the potent, and sometimes literal, violence of his paintings and their depiction of muscle-bound monsters.
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