Ghislaine Howard:

curriculum vitae

Ghislaine Howard is a painter of powerful and expressive means. Her works deal with the human condition, charting and interpreting our shared human experience. 

She is best known for her ground-breaking exhibition concerning pregnancy and birth, the first of its kind, at Manchester City Art Gallery, 
A Shared Experience. The exhibition attracted much critical acclaim.

She has worked on commissioned projects with various diverse communities including theatres, prisons, the BBC, Women's Refuges and cathedrals as well as with major organisations such as Amnesty International.

She has shown her large cycle of paintings 
The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure to great acclaim at the two Liverpool Cathedrals, at Canterbury Cathedral and at Gloucester Cathedral as part of an ongoing tour of cathedral cities in UK.

For Liverpool's celebrations as Capital of Culture she completed a major new work - 
The Empty Tomb - which was unveiled by the Bishop of Liverpool on Easter Sunday 2008 and was on show throughout the year.

Ghislaine's series of paintings in response to news images taken from the Guardian newspaper, the 
365 daily images, was shown at the Imperial War Museum North from March until September, 2009.

She has featured in various publications and television documentaries including Degas: An Old Man Mad About Art, 1996 and Degas and The Dance in 2004, which was awarded the prestigious international Peabody Award. Her most recent television appearance was in the BBC 1 documentary Who Do You Say I Am? in April 2007.

She is represented in many public and private collections including 
The Royal Collection.

Ghislaine was named as a Woman of The Year for her contribution to art and society in 2008.

Selected critical comments:

Concerning A Shared Experience, Manchester City Art Gallery
"It is through Howard's moving embodiment of empathy that she really makes her mark. Her work is so intimately tender in approach it could hardly have been painted by any male at any time anywhere."
- Robert Clark, The Guardian

Concerning The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure
"Howard is well on her way to becoming one of the great humanist artists of our time."
- Zaria Shreef, The Big Issue

"Ghislaine Howard's images are compelling, powerful, and emphatic. They are unusual in that they communicate man's inhumanity to man to the art lover and lay person alike. These are very important paintings that transcend the limitations of the gallery space to speak to us all."
- Dr Helen Bamber, director / founder of the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture

Cleft in the rocks,
Flamborough Head 1990
Oil on canvas
127cm x 101.5cm
50" x 40"

Father and child 1985
Oil on canvas
145cm x 115 cm
57" x 45"

Ghislaine's subjects range from depictions of the dramatic intermingling of air, sea and rock to the expression of unquestioning trust of a child cradled in his father's arms.

  • Selected exhibitions
  • Selected publications
  • Collections
  • Television
  • Critical response
  • Radio

  • Forthcoming Exhibitions

    Selected Exhibitions since 2000

    ·    Slick Dessin Paris, with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, March 2009

    Slick Dessin
    Ghislaine exhibited pieces from her Metamorphosis series at Slick Dessin in Paris from March 28 - 30, 2009. Details here.

    • Exeter Cathedral, The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, February - May 2009

    ·    Towards The Empty Tomb, Liverpool Cathedral, 2008/9
    ·    Whitworth Gallery Manchester, Part of an exhibition of portraits from the Whitworth's permanent collection including works by Lucien Freud and Henry Moore, September 2007- January 2009

    ·    PG1, Firbob and Peacock, Knutsford 7, October 2008

    ·    The Stuff of Life, Saltaire Festival,  September 2008

    ·    The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, Bakewell Festival, August 2008

    ·    The   Stations of The Cross / The Captive Figure, Liverpool Cathedral, for Liverpool Capital of Culture, including a specially commissioned piece, The Empty Tomb, February - March 2008

    ·    Towards The Empty Tomb, Derby Cathedral, February March 2008

    ·    Changing Eight, Liverpool Hope University College, January 2007

    ·    Wendy Levy Contemporary Art Manchester, One Family - Three  Painters with Michael and Cordelia Howard, June 2007

    ·    Continuing series of exhibitions from 2006 onwards at the Ghislaine Howard studio gallery, Glossop

    ·     Vesali Icones, Paintings included as the setting for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Vesali Icones with the musical ensemble Psappha, Gulbenkian, Lisbon, January 2005; Queen Elizabeth Hall, May, 2005 and Buenos Aires, June 2005

    ·    The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, Derby Cathedral and Art Gallery, March/April 2005

    ·    Encounters, Solo Show, Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art, November 2004

    ·    A Shared Experience, two linked exhibitions at The Sheridan Russell Gallery, London and at The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London. September - October 2004

    ·    artLondon with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, 2004

    ·    Sex in the City, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, The Glass House
        Gallery, London 2004         

    ·    Out of Office, Manchester Technology Centre, April 2004

    ·    Presence, Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, February 2004

    ·    The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, Gloucester Cathedral, March to April 2003

    ·    Selected Works from the BBC Residency, BBC, Manchester, June 2001- April 2004

    ·    artLondon with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, June 2003

    ·    The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, The Research and Education Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester, October 2002

    ·    The Unguarded Moment, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, artLondon, May 2002

    ·    The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, Liverpool Cathedral, March - April 2002

    ·    Intimacy, organised jointly by the Arts Council, the Mostyn Gallery and the Lowry, 11 January - 28 April 2002

    ·    Art on Paper, representing the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London at the Royal College of Art, February 2002

    ·    Works by Ghislaine, Michael and Cordelia Howard, Duke's Oak Gallery, October 2000

    ·    Boston International Art Fair, representing the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, November 2001

    ·    One person exhibition, Amnesty International Conference, Edinburgh, May 2001; The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, March 2001 shown at Canterbury Cathedral and The Captive Figure, March 2001, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery at 54 The Gallery, London

    ·    Exhibition in Aid of the Medical Foundation Caring for Victims of Torture, Royal College of Art, London, October 2000

    ·    Times of Our Lives, Endings and Beginnings April through to October 2000, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester

    ·    artLondon with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, June 14th - June 18th 2000

    ·    The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, solo exhibition shown at the two Liverpool Cathedrals from 8th April until 1st May, 2000.  Realised in conjunction with Liverpool Hope University College and supported by Amnesty International and North West Arts Board, throughout 2000-2001

    Selected publications since 1993

    ·    Death's Broken Dominion  by Laura Gascoigne, The Tablet March

    ·    Twelve Women Artists, by  Judy Rose, Wendy Levy Contemporary
     Art, 2006

    ·    Presence, edited by Meryl Doney, exhibition catalogue, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, 2004

    ·    Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, edited by Michael Howard of Manchester Metropolitan University with contributions by Dr. Joan Crossley, Leicester University and Dr. Shannon Ledbetter, Liverpool Hope University College

    Exhibiting Gender, Sarah Hyde, Courtauld Institute of Art, section of book relates to my drawing owned by Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University Press, September 1997

    ·    Steeple Chase Park,  poetry by Frances Nagle, 1996

    Artist's Diary, Art Review, March 1994

    ·    Two works reproduced in Portraiture and Drawing the Figure published by Dorling Kindersley, in association with the Royal Academy, 1994

    ·    Article on Risley exhibition in Big Issue, March 1994

    ·    A Shared Experience, Catalogue for Manchester City Art Gallery and Wellcome Foundation, essay by David Peters-Corbett, 1993/4

    Reviews in various publications including: Anglican Theological Review, British Medical Journal, ACE Magazine, Gallery Magazine, The Guardian, Modern Painters, The Women's Art Journal; included in features in Big Issue, Daily Telegraph, The Tablet, Living Edge

    Television and film

    ·    Who Do You Say I Am? BBC1, Easter 2007

    ·    Part of the team that produced Degas and the Dance; the production was awarded The Peabody Award in May 2004

    ·    Featured artist in Mischa Scorer's Omnibus film for BBC 1, Degas, The Old Man Mad About Art, 1996

    ·    Featured artist in Granada Television's In Celebration programme, The Nude, transmitted July 1994


    Featured in Woman's Hour, 1993; various contributions to local BBC broadcasts; occasional contributor to GMR current affairs and arts programmes.


    Vesali Icones, Paintings used as the setting for Peter Maxwell Davies's Vesali Icones with the musical ensemble Psappha, at venues including the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; Buenos Aires; the Gulbenkian, Lisbon and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London during 2004 - 2005.


    Work in various collections including: The Royal Collection; Manchester City Art Gallery; Whitworth Art Gallery; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; Salford City Art Gallery; the BBC, Saint Mary's Maternity Unit, Manchester; Manchester Metropolitan University; Her Majesty's Prison Service; British Medical Association; The Hall School, Wimbledon; Liverpool Hope University College, etc.

    Private collections: Great Britain, Eire, France, Belgium, Germany, USA, Australia and elsewhere.

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