Michael Howard was born in Lancashire in 1950, he currently lives near Brecon in Wales. After spending the better part of the 1970’s travelling around the world he attended Chelsea School of Art 1979 - 1982. During the 1980’s Michael Howard was a successful Automata Maker exhibiting widely in the UK and abroad. This work can be seen in public collections such as The Victoria and Albert Museum, Manchester City Art Gallery. Birmingham City art Gallery and Edinburgh Museum of Childhood. In the 1990’s he began teaching and returned to painting. In 2012 he left his job as Head of Art Rugby School and he is now painting full-time and exhibiting regularly in Wales.
As a painter he regards himself as a kind of filter or interpreter of the world around him. In his Landscapes his paintings focus on the presence of human activity, walls, tracks, hedgerows, industry, farming and other traces that define and shape the hills and mountains that surround his home near Brecon in Powys. His paintings reflect the point where memory, experience and imagination converge. They are topographically faithful, but they are much more about the speed of gesture, the application of materials, colour selection, confident mark making and the struggle to resolve the visual issues and problems that are a constant companion of the creative process. In short they are primarily about pure painting.