Theme/Style Abstraction, Surrealism
Media Oils, murals
Artistic Focus Possessing the most abstract style of the four Howard brother-artists, Charles Howard shared the family’s focus on precision and attention to detail, while developing a highly individual artistic identity. Despite public identification as an Abstract-Surrealist, Howard moved beyond that label, seeking equilibrium between the rational and the irrational. Howard’s work in the 1940s demonstrated “a remarkable consistency of theme and execution.” Later in the decade, he began to multiply the forms and complicate the interaction between shapes and linear elements. Toward the end of his career, Howard once again simplified his works by reducing the number of shapes and restricting his palette by subtle degrees.
• He was educated at the University of California,
Berkeley, as well as Harvard and Columbia, in preparation for a career
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