Sculptures of the female form are a feature of the exhibition Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind. Here, exhibition curator Jill Cook and artist Ghislaine Howard explore these representations of women in Ice Age and contemporary art.
Ghislaine Howard studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and she is best known for her ground-breaking exhibition concerning pregnancy and birth, the first of its kind, at Manchester City Art Gallery titled “A Shared Experience”.
A painter of powerful and expressive means her The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, was presented at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral in 2008 as part of the Liverpool Capital of Culture celebrations, exhibited alongside Tracey Emin’s widely publicised neon installation For You (2008). Ghislaine Howard was named as a Woman of The Year in 2008 for her contribution to art and society.
The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure were commission by Liverpool Hope University College, working with the support of Amnesty International, who have said of her work, “These significant and powerful paintings open up opportunities to highlight and explore the issue of torture and the plight of victims of oppression all over the world.”
In 2001 she was granted an Arts Council Year of the Artist Award which allowed her to work in a Women’s Refuge from Domestic Violence, she was also Artist in Residence at the B.B.C. during the year 2000/1.
The work of Ghislaine Howard has featured in various publications and television documentaries including Mischa Scorer’s Degas: An Old Man Mad About Art, with Richard Kendall, Omnibus, 1996 and was part of the team that produced Degas and The Dance, in 2004 which has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award. Her work is in many public and private collections including The Royal Collection.
“My work centres upon the human figure and particularly the recording and interpretation of shared human experiences.” Ghislaine Howard