Flowers is pleased to present a survey exhibition of the
Scottish painter Peter Howson. The exhibition titled: A
Life will run from 28th November through to 11th January 2014
and will present a visual journey of Howson's altogether
fascinating life, with works that are both extraordinary and
While Howson has exhibited far and wide previous exhibitions have
always focused on a particular area of his life. This exhibition
offers the opportunity to become a direct witness to a diverse
range of varying incidents and torments he has endured and encapsulated.
Included in this exhibition is The First Step, 2000.
Whilst working on this painting Howson was battling with various
addictions and personal demons. The central figure lurches on
carrying a rowdy band of figures on his back, amongst the
individuals we see one so eager to control him that he physically
spears the protagonist's leg with a metal hook, clawing his thigh.
Bruised and bare footed he still strides on in a field of bottles
and debris, mirroring Howson's own struggle and ultimate
determination to continue as an artist.
The exhibition also includes new work by the artist in the pastels
and oils. These are bold and uncompromising, ever highlighting
Howson's feelings that beauty is in the honest unmasked form. He
chooses to highlight every line and shadow in the faces that stare
out with fierce intensity from his works, as proud medals of life
The theme of life's struggles permeates the exhibition, as indeed
it does Howson's life, yet there's a heroic strength in the works
that lead one to admire not only him as a person, but his ability
to capture this through a medium that arrests and inspires you.