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James Howell

James Howell

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James Howell

W025977 | $75.00 / 10% library disc.

Circa Press, London, 2020. Published in association with the James Howell Foundation, New York.

268 pp. Well illustrated (all col.). 29 x 26 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781911422211

James Howell (1935-2014) was raised in Kansas City and first trained as an architect before becoming an artist. Although he ceased practicing architecture almost as soon as he qualified, he retained a strong spatial sensitivity, and was meticulously attentive to his living and working environments. For more than half his career he lived and painted in the Pacific Northwest of America. In his sixties he remarried and moved to New York, occupying a studio apartment on Perry Street, in Greenwich Village, where he worked for the rest of his life. In the mid-1990s, Howell began working on a long-term project called Series 10. He used meticulous calculations and measurements to determine in advance a specific achromatic hue. He divided the square canvas into a series of horizontal bands to produce the perception of a smooth, subtle gradation between two values. In each band, he mixed percentages of titanium white, ivory black and raw umber pigment, revealing a seemingly infinite array of shades of grey. He recognised that by prescribing clear parameters for his work, he would be free to pursue endless variations.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- United States -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 -- Drawings and Watercolors ; Painting --

Artist(s): Howell, James

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