Nick Howson

b. 1963

Painter and printmaker Nick Howson was born in the United Kingdom and arrived in Australia in 1969. He completed a Diploma of Fine Arts at Prahran College in 1986. Howson was a magazine illustrator for the Sunday Age between 1997 and 2001. Howson is a highly skilled painter, best known for his characteristic mosaic compositions. His unique technique of building softened layers of oil paint to form a patchwork of colours is vibrant and engaging, combining a naivety of style with sensitive attention to detail. Quintessentially Australian in feel, the artist renders cricket pitches, rooftops, freeways and houses in almost abstract, allegorical arrangements, evocative of ancient mosaics and magnificent medieval stained glass.

Nick Howson has completed commissions for the Australian Open Tennis Poster, Melbourne; a mural for the National Gallery of Australia restaurant, Canberra; a mural for the Prahran Market, Melbourne and a significant mural at the Richmond Railway Station, Melbourne. His work is represented in collections around Australia including Artbank, Sydney; the City of Whitehorse Art Collection, VIC; Crown Casino, Melbourne; the Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD; the Horsham Regional Art Gallery, VIC; Parliament House, Canberra and the Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne.

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In Blog

‘Extinct’ – Artistic Impressions of Our Lost Wildlife

Image above: Sue Anderson  Christmas Island Pipistrelle  coloured pencil on paper  30.5 x 22 cm ‘Extinct’ is a recently published book by …

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Nick Howson – Melbourne bollards

Nick Howson, renowned for his murals on the streets of Richmond, has recently taken to spray painting the bollards in …

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Rodney Pople and Nick Howson – Finalists in the 2020 Gallipoli Art Prize

Rodney Pople, Hopes and Dreams (2019-20), oil on wood, diptych, 45 x 65cm Congratulations to artists Rodney Pople and Nick Howson who …

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Jock Clutterbuck, Maryanne Coutts, Danielle Creenaune, Dianne Fogwell, David Frazer, Martin King, Barbie Kjar and Wayne Viney – Finalists in the 2022 Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Awards

Image above: Martin King  once willing, NOT NOW  2022  graphite, watercolour, pigment, gouache on drafting film and paper  108 x …

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Greg Johns – ‘Work of the Week’ at the New Art Centre, England

Image above: Greg Johns  Transfigure  2006  Corten steel  edition 5  240 x 57 x 40 cm Sculptor, Greg Johns’ work, …

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Raymond Arnold – Finalist in the 2022 John Leslie Art Prize

Image above: Raymond Arnold  To see the bones and the tombstone at once / Huon pine  2022  oil on canvas  …

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Sue Anderson, Ron Robertson-Swann and Ayako Saito – 2022 Deakin University Small Sculpture Award Finalists

Image above: Ayako Saito  Artemis Bow  2021  steel, painted  29 x 51 x 37 cm Congratulations to Sue Anderson, Ron …

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Martin King – Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize touring exhibition

Image above: Martin King  tree of life, unsuccessful species  2021  etching, dry point, chine colle and hand colouring  edition 3  168 …

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Graeme Peebles – Groep van Roey Print Commission

Image above: The two intaglio plates Graeme has been working on for the print commission Congratulations to Graeme Peebles who …

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Mary Tonkin – Winner of the 2022 Salon des Refusés People’s Choice Award

Image above: Mary Tonkin  Hot Kiss, Kalorama  2021  oil on linen  183 x 214 cm Congratulations to Mary Tonkin who …

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Peter Wegner – Feature in ABC News

Above Image: Peter Wegner (right) pictured with subject Sylvia Drager (centre) at Benalla Art Gallery  2022   Peter Wegner continues …

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William Kentridge in Artist Profile

Image above: Mechanic 2021  mohair tapestry in collaboration with Marguerite Stephens  edition 1/6  261 x 281 cm We are delighted to …

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Wayne Viney – ‘Into a new landscape’ – IMPRINT Magazine

Image above: Wayne Viney  Little Horn, Cradle Mountain  2021  monotype  unique  17.5 x 27.5 cm Wayne Viney Landscapes Tasmania  2- …

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