For more than sixty five years John Howley has led the life of an artist, powerfully creative and expressive in his many roles as a painter, musician, designer and sculptor. Now well in his eighties, Howley still paints and exhibits regularly, interspersing big canvases with quirky compositions, drawings and studies for his own unique take on the world. John Howley has always wanted far more than the simple routine of the painter — he has lived the creative life in every facet of a long, exciting and productive life. For decades he was the popular face of the arts in Melbourne, bringing to a wider world his love of creativity, colour, words and music. Even more than commercial success, he has desired the opportunity to share his art freely with the community, his family, friends and many admirers.