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David D. Howlett

David D. Howlett

American (b.1955)

David D. Howlett was born in Syracuse New York, August 9, 1955. In high school he worked under the legendary Gordon Muck, who encouraged young artists with talent to pursue careers. After entering Syracuse University, Howlett spend his junior year at the Hornsey School of Art in London, graduating from Syracuse with a BFA in 1977. He credits Jerome Witkin as the most influential painter at Syracuse.

Davis Howlett then moved to California where he maintained an art and design business until 1988, when he returned to upstate New York. Since then he has divided his time principally between Madison County, New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

As David Howlett wrote of his own work in the early 1990s:

"My work was entitled FRESHPAINT in 1990 when art professionals and others referred to the unmixed oil colors as 'fresh.' Since then, a conscious effort has been made to maintain a clarity of color and contrast, achieved by accepting the first mark made as the will of the paint.

"The development of this style is part of a continuing process. This process has depended on the interrelations of several factors: architecture, as a ready source of subject matter, oil paint, whose brilliant nature is best retained by avoiding repeated modification; and pochades, small oil sketches which were instrumental in consolidating a working aesthetic.

"The pochade format for sketching was adopted when drawing and watercolor were found to provide insufficient information about color and light. In satisfying these requirements new challenges and opportunities were presented. The small format and sketch attitude encouraged casual painting techniques and higher production. These factors obscured much of the drawing, making a closer view necessary to regain recognizability of details. Realizing that specific parts of buildings were what attracted the eye, suggested the almost abstract compositions that ensued.

"These images of San Juan, Puerto Rico represent some examples of the subjects ht helped inspire this style. Exposure to the variety of unfamiliar Spanish Colonial architectural styles made it possible to appreciate their uniqueness with a 'fresh eye.' The brilliant light and tropical colors seemed to require a paint with a life of its own.

"The practice of adding significant amounts of oil to the paint made it extremely difficult to control and consequently gave it a veritable free will. In keeping with this attitude it was also discovered that this inherent life was enhanced by beginning and ending each piece in one sitting.

"These factors combine to create a painting style which is direct and immediate. Difficult aesthetic decisions are garnered from the finished sketch before attacking the larger canvas with the same cavalier attitude which made the pochade 'FRESH.'

"David D. Howlett"

JURIED EXHIBITIONS - ONE MAN SHOWS

1998

LA BIENNAL EXPOSICION DE SERIGRAFIA Y ARTES GRAFICAS LATINA AMERICANA

La Batteria, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

(silkscreen show poster for "Viennen las Virtudes")

ONE MAN SHOW - "VIENNEN LAS VIRTUDES" ("The Virtues are Coming")

Taller Lizette, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Feb.-Mar. 1998

(13 oils on canvas of classically sculpted figures, interview featured on TELEMUNDO)

1996

ONE MAN SHOW - BOSTON SYMPHONY HALL (Season Opener)

Sept.-Oct. 1996

(50 oils on canvas and linen of semi-abstracted architectural details from U.S. and P.R.)

1993

ONE MAN SHOW - COOPERSTOWN ART ASSOCIATION

Cooperstown, NY

24 oils on canvas - architectural detail pochades - upstate New York

COPLEY SOCIETY OF BOSTON - ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION

Aug. 1993

Boston, MA

1992

ONE MAN SHOW - FENN GALLERY

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico Feb.-Mar.1992

(70 oils on canvas and linen - architectural details, street scenes and figures)

(Studio interview featured on "TU MANANA" Channel 11, Old San Juan, P.R.)

1992-1-0

NEW YORK STATE FAIR - INTERNATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION

Syracuse, NY

(1st prize, `93, 2nd prize, `92, 3rd prize `91) for painting

1989

"OPEN CRITIQUE II") EVERSON MUSEUM OF ART (invitational)

Aug. 1989

Syracuse, NY (presenting artist/lecturer)

1979-80

"ART IN ALL MEDIA" SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION

Del Mar, CA

1977

TWO MAN SHOW w. Robert Thurmer

LYMAN GALLERY

Syracuse University

Apr. 1977, Syracuse, NY

1971-2-3

NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC ART AWARDS - EVERSON MUSEUM OF ART

Syracuse, NY (prizes, `71-`72, portfolio award, 1973)

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EDUCATION

1977

POST GRADUATE STUDIES - SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE

San Francisco, CA

1973-1977

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS: COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFOMING ARTS, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Syracuse, NY

(Painting major under Jerome Witkin, Printmaking minor under Don Cortese)

1975-1976

HORNSEY SCHOOL OF ART

London, England

(Studied one academic year)

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INFORMAL EDUCATION

1978-Present

I have continuously maintained relationships with other professional artists for mutual inspiration, education and trade secrets. I have repeatedly organized, taught and attended many life-groups (figure drawing classes) over the last three decades for on-going practice and mastery with the human figure.

Painting by David D. Howlett: Arriba las Manos, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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$5,400
Arriba las Manos
Painting by David D. Howlett: Clear Passage (Church in Manlius), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Clear Passage (Church in Manlius)
Painting by David D. Howlett: Green Man's Den, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Green Man's Den
Painting by David D. Howlett: Hivo de Borinquen, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Hivo de Borinquen
Painting by David D. Howlett: Bautista, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Bautista
Painting by David D. Howlett: [Untitled], represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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[Untitled]
Painting by David D. Howlett: Mannered House, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Mannered House
Painting by David D. Howlett: Manor House, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Manor House
Painting by David D. Howlett: Kim's Place, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Kim's Place
Painting by David D. Howlett: Palomar, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Palomar
Painting by David D. Howlett: Romeo Romeo Romeo, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Romeo Romeo Romeo
Painting by David D. Howlett: Romeo, Romeo, Romeo, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Romeo, Romeo, Romeo
Painting by David D. Howlett: Mad Hall, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Mad Hall
Painting by David D. Howlett: Ojo Rosa, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Ojo Rosa
Painting by David D. Howlett: Tres Medallas, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Tres Medallas
Painting by David D. Howlett: Kruger, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Kruger
Painting by David D. Howlett: Arcos de Espana, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Arcos de Espana
Painting by David D. Howlett: Ice Fisher, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Ice Fisher
Painting by David D. Howlett: Dually, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Dually
Painting by David D. Howlett: Gargoile, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Gargoile
Painting by David D. Howlett: Oracle on Delphi, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Oracle on Delphi
Painting by David D. Howlett: Bandera des Ondas (Flag of the Waves), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Bandera des Ondas (Flag of the Waves)
Painting by David D. Howlett: Spirit Door, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Spirit Door
Painting by David D. Howlett: Easy Being Green, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Easy Being Green
Painting by David D. Howlett: Torre Meteorlogical, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Torre Meteorlogical
Painting by David D. Howlett: Leon de Espana, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Leon de Espana
Painting by David D. Howlett: Rocket to Noon, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Rocket to Noon
Painting by David D. Howlett: Aspire, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Aspire
Painting by David D. Howlett: Chime-Time, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Chime-Time
Painting by David D. Howlett: Wrought Angle, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Wrought Angle
Painting by David D. Howlett: Roofangled, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Roofangled
Painting by David D. Howlett: El Rio Se Desborda, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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El Rio Se Desborda
Painting by David D. Howlett: Escuela de Ponce, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Escuela de Ponce
Painting by David D. Howlett: Hot Top, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Hot Top
Painting by David D. Howlett: Evil Twin, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Evil Twin
Painting by David D. Howlett: Ice Creamed, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Ice Creamed
Painting by David D. Howlett: [Partial View of White Church], represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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$900
[Partial View of White Church]
Painting by David D. Howlett: Beauty Salon, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Beauty Salon
Painting by David D. Howlett: President Gas (Cooperstown, N.Y.), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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President Gas (Cooperstown, N.Y.)
Painting by David D. Howlett: Blonde Justice, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Blonde Justice
Painting by David D. Howlett: Mauve Over, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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Mauve Over
Painting by David D. Howlett: Comercio de Espana, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
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$900
Comercio de Espana
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