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Gordon Howes (1938-2013) - Contemporary Gouache, Fish in the Mangroves



An impressive photo-realist depiction of fish in a mangrove setting, with piranhas in the background and possibly three snook fish in the foreground. The detailed nature of this work is almost scientific in style. Signed to the left edge of the artwork. With biographical details on the reverse. Signed. On board.


There are some light surface scratches to the lower edge. Overall the appearance is very good.


32.2 x 64.8cm (12.7" x 25.5")
Sheet: 49.1 x 80.5cm (19.3" x 31.7")

Collection Information

From a collection of fine gouache artworks by scientist, Gordon Howes, depicting tropical fish and American landscapes. The impressive level of detail, in particular to the fish studies is indicative of Howes scientific knowledge. This clearly impacts his artistic style, visible in his tendency towards photo realism.

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Artist Biography

Born and educated in London, Gordon Howes joined the Natural History Museum in 1968 as a scientific assistant in the fishes section. Besides cataloguing and researching the collection Gordon published over 40 scientific papers on freshwater and deep-sea fish. He also collected and observed fish in their natural habitats in Africa, and North and South America. His paintings of fish have been exhibited in London, Johannesburg and in a solo exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Geneva. Examples of his work can be found in corporate collections such as the Fishmongers Livery Company, London. Howes later retired to Sussex to illustrate books and technical publications while exhibiting a number of landscape works locally.

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Code ph820
Artist Gordon Howes (1938-2013)
Date Contemporary
Dimensions 32.2 x 64.8cm
Framed No
Medium Gouache
Style Realism
Subject Animals
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