Biography

Edward Howard was born in Oklahoma, Edward has lived in New York, Chicago, and is currently based in Los Angeles. At the age of 10 Edward began his studies with Southwest artist Ross Myers. He eventually was graduated summa cum laude from The American Academy of Art in Chicago with a BFA in Fine Art. He also was accepted to and attended a prestigious study abroad program in Florence, Italy at The Florence Academy of Art. As the son of a photographer and the grandson of a painter, Edward was drawn to his vocation with an intense desire for creative exploration.

Rooted in the tradition of the Italian masters, Edward uses the techniques and teachings of the traditional realists to assert a contemporary aesthetic. Many of his works evoke an illustrative sense of story. Through chiaroscuro, he is able to convey a sense of mystery and depth of narrative that pulls an audience into his fantastical worlds.

Edward’s ongoing series, “The Lost Soldiers,” explores the desensitization of war and the 'toys’ that contribute to that. While these vintage figures were mass-produced as large homogenous armies, their individual characteristics transform each soldier into a unique piece. The large-scale portrayal of these soldiers on canvas allows the viewer to explore how ordinary and typically overlooked elements, in fact, comprise each soldier’s extraordinary individuality. Their individuality is revealed not only through their manufacturing technique, each being individually hand painted by an anonymous artist, but also through the unique ‘scars’ suffered from their use by children through years in play. Through his faithful recreation, Edward reveals each soldier’s story and imbues them with a soul.

Edward’s works have been selected for inclusion in the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon. Edward's works have been published in Spectrum 18-21. He has also been selected to participate in the Main Show of IlluXCon a number of years and was an Illie finalist at IlluXCon 5. Edward's pieces reside in private collections across the United States.

EDUCATION

- BFA summa cum laude, American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
- Florence Academy of Art (summer session), Florence, Italy

Awards

2016    Finalist, Art Renewal Center International 2015/2016 ARC Salon
2015    Artist Guest of Honor, ConStellation 6
2015    Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center International 2014/2015 ARC Salon
2014    Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.
2014    Finalist, Art Renewal Center International 2013/2014 ARC Salon
2013    Spectrum 20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.
2013    Finalist, Art Renewal Center International 2012/2013 ARC Salon
2012    Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.
2012    Illie, finalist for IlluXCon 5
2011    Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.

Group Exhibitions

2016    Art Renewal Center International 2015/2016 ARC Salon (catalogue)
2015    Art Renewal Center International 2014/2015 ARC Salon (catalogue)
2015    ConStellation 6, Artist Guest of Honor
2014    Art Renewal Center International 2013/2014 ARC Salon (catalogue)
2014    IlluXCon 7 Exhibition, Main show artist
2014    Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! Exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri
2013     Art Renewal Center International 2012/2013 ARC Salon (catalogue)
2013    IlluXCon 6 Exhibition, Main show artist (catalogue)
2013    Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! Exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri
2012    IlluXCon 5 Exhibition, Main show artist (catalogue)
2012    Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! Exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri

Collections

Works held in private collections across the United States.

Bibliography

Beren Neale, “Focus on The Face.” ImagineFX, Christmas 2014, pp. 106-111.
Clifford Hope, No. 115 “No. 1 Fan.” ImagineFX, Dec. 2014, p. 47.
Fenner, Cathy and Arnie Fenner. “Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.” Vol.21, Flesk Publications, Nov 11, 2014. p. 299.
Ian Dean, “Gallery: Edward Howard.” Fantasy Illustrator, 2013. p. 14.
Clifford Hope, No. 92, “Profile: Edward Howard.” ImagineFX, Feb. 2013, pp. 54-57.
Fenner, Cathy and Arnie Fenner. “Spectrum 20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.” Vol.20, Underwood Books, Nov. 19, 2013. pp. Title Page, 270
Fenner, Cathy and Arnie Fenner. “Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.” Vol.19, Underwood Books, Dec. 4, 2012. p. 260.
Fenner, Cathy and Arnie Fenner. “Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.” Vol. 18, Underwood Books, Dec. 6, 2011. p. 298.

Radio/ Television

John Todd, Interview, Under the Radar, KKFI, Kansas City, MO, May 8, 2014

Publications as Author

“Focus on The Face.” ImagineFX, Christmas 2014, pp. 106-111.

Social Media Contacts

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