Charles Howard
American, 1899-1978
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Exhibitions
2014
Valerie Carberry Gallery at The Armory Show 2014,
Valerie Carberry Gallery
2013
Valerie Carberry Gallery at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013,
Valerie Carberry Gallery

Charles Howard is considered one of the vanguards of European surrealism among American artists. Howard, who originally planned to become a writer, received no formal training as a painter except as a journeyman in the studios of Louis Bouché and Rudolph Guertler. Through his friendship with painter Edward Wadsworth, he became involved with Unit One, a group of painters, sculptors, and architects who adopted the tenets of surrealism and constructivism. Howard’s style changed during World War II, during which time he worked in a shipyard; marine vessels, twisted metal, and biological shapes inspired new forms in his painting. In 1946 his style shifted again, as he turned to a more austere monochromatic palette.

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