Oil on Board
800 × 800 mm
Howard calls on light and shadow to amplify an atmosphere of contrasts. In Band Rotunda, West Coast, meticulously detailed architectural elements are revealed amongst a clearing while it's surrounding vivid green forest exudes a gentle sense of movement under a clear and bright sky. This poetic dichotomy of movement and stillness provokes a feeling of captured growth and time, ultimately succumbing to a sense of serenity.
Working diversely within a broader abstract methodology, Stephen Howard’s nonrepresentational compositions of landscapes are paired with a precise handling of colour, light, and fine detail, imbuing his paintings with a colliding sense of tension and expression. His sensitive understanding of a vibrant palette in oils creates a luminosity that emphasises his true subjects – light and movement.