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Gordon Howes (1938-2013) - Signed Contemporary Gouache, Study of Fusilier Fish

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An impressive study of Wide-band Fusilier fish swimming across a coral ocean bed. Howes' complex knowledge of fish species is clear in this wonderfully detailed artwork. With biographical information fixed to the reverse. Signed. On board.


There is a minor surface scratch to the across the left area of the artwork. Overall the appearance is very good.


25.7 x 69cm (10.1" x 27.2")
Sheet: 37.8 x 80.8cm (14.9" x 31.8")

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 ph796
Artist Gordon Howes (1938-2013)
Date Contemporary
Dimensions 25.7 x 69cm
Medium Gouache
Style Realism
Subject Animals
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