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Ken Howard, R.A. (b. 1932)
Ken Howard, R.A. (b. 1932)
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Ken Howard, R.A. (b. 1932)

Raw War: We Are Building a Better World

Details
Ken Howard, R.A. (b. 1932)
Raw War: We Are Building a Better World
signed 'KEN HOWARD' (lower right)
oil on three canvases
49 ½ x 89 ¾ in. (125.7 x 227.9 cm.), overall
Painted in 2010.
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 2010.
Literature
Exhibition catalogue, Royal Academy Illustrated, London, Royal Academy, 2010, pp. 152-53, illustrated.
D. Austin and N. Worley, The Way I See It, a documentary about the life and work of Professor Ken Howard, O.B.E., R.A., 2011.
Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, June - August 2010, no. 792, as 'Raw War: We Are Making a Better World'.
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Lot Essay


The artist discusses the present work in a documentary film The Way I See It, produced in 2011 by David Austin and Neale Worley, 'I had this idea about man's inhumanity to man, the terrible things that men do to each other and yet I didn't have a concept to begin with and how I could make it visually come over, rather than verbally or written. And the theme for the Summer Exhibition [Royal Academy, 2010] is 'Raw' but I suddenly realised that 'raw' was 'war' spelt backwards and it was at that time that I was beginning to be able to see how I could get this idea down ... I don't want this to be offensive to any individuals but everyone of those 130,000,000 deaths must have caused families to grieve and suffer. I love the idea of art being about beauty but I also like it to be about something to make people think about the other aspects of life'.
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