John Howard

Job title
Associate Lecturer: BA(Hons) Drawing

An award-winning painter and printmaker, John has exhibited regularly for over 25 years and has won many prizes at national open exhibitions. He has undertaken a number of commissions including work for St John's College, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham School of Art, Southern Electric and Birmingham City Council.  His work is held in many public and private collections including the main galleries in Birmingham, Manchester, Falmouth and Walsall and also at the V&A, House of Commons and Surikov Academy in Moscow. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1995, and is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and the Penwith Society of Artists.

John has extensive experience in printmaking at a high level across a range of print processes and continues to develop his own practice whilst supporting the development of printmaking skills for other artists in his own print studio in Penryn. He leads an annual printmaking exhibition showcasing work produced in the studio.

John’s own work is characterised by monochromatic depictions of the natural world, with a particular interest in exploring perspective and the qualities of light and experimenting with form and structure, both natural and man-made. His specialist interest is in traditional intaglio processes and in life drawing.


YearQualificationAwarding body
BA (Hons) First Class in Fine Art
University of Central England

Honours and awards


Finalist, Royal Academy Young Printmaker of the Year (London)

First Prize, Whitworth Wallis Marine Painting Competition (Birmingham)


Galleries Magazine 1989 Print Award (London)

First Prize, Whitworth Wallis Marine Painting Competition (Birmingham)

Runner up, Graduate Artist of the Year (London)


First Prize, Major Open Award (Manchester)


Third Prize, Royal West of England Academy Open Print Exhibition (Bristol)


Best Print in Show - Grenville Davey Award, Originals 2010, Mall Galleries., London

Foley Art Prize, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open Exhibition


Areas of teaching

All aspects of printmaking
life drawing

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Drawing
Foundation Diploma

Professional engagement