The work of Rachel Howard (b. 1969, County Durham, UK) navigates the space between the abstract and the figurative, with paintings that explore the fragility of the human condition and the complexity of the emotional spectrum, from suicide and mental illness to joy and sensuality.

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Blain|Southern London
Der Kuss

Der Kuss

24 January – 17 March 2018

Blain|Southern London
Northern Echo

Northern Echo

7 February – 22 March 2014

Blain|Southern London
Gravity and Disgrace: Rachel Howard, Jane Simpson and Amelia Newton Whitelaw

Gravity and Disgrace: Rachel Howard, Jane Simpson and Amelia Newton Whitelaw

11 July – 25 August 2012


Newport Street Gallery, London, UK
Repetition is Truth – Via Dolorosa

Repetition is Truth – Via Dolorosa

21 February – 28 May 2018

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, IT
Paintings of Violence (Why I am not a mere Christian)

Paintings of Violence (Why I am not a mere Christian)

23 September – 18 October 2016

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK
At Sea

At Sea

18 July – 4 October 2015


Rachel Howard Three Solo Exhibitions 2018

Blain|Southern London, MASS MoCA and Newport Street Gallery

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Works by Jake & Dinos Chapman and Rachel Howard in Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11

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21 February – 28 May 2018

Solo Exhibition

Newport Street Gallery, London, UK

17 February 2018 – 2 February 2019

Solo Exhibition

MASS MoCA, North Adams, US

26 October 2017 – 28 May 2018

Group Exhibition

Imperial War Museum, London, UK



The opposing aspects of certainty and uncertainty are expressed in Howard’s paintings through a tension that she creates between the subject matter and the physicality of her process. Often working on four or five pieces simultaneously, she applies her colours, lets them rest, then disturbs them with solvents, varnishes, or successive layers of paint, a process she refers to as ‘unpicking’ the painting - a push and pull between control and relinquishing control.

Early in her career Howard began utilising common household gloss paint, leaving it to separate in the can so that the colour pigment sinks beneath a layer of thick, sumptuous varnish. The clear gloss and pure colour are then worked upon the canvas separately. Her most-recent series of large and smaller scale paintings explore the idiosyncratic qualities of oil paint, unpicking the accepted rules of engagement with this most traditional of mediums. Howard explores the reverie associated with oil, and in a process of applying and then removing paint creates a palimpsest. 

Howard was born in County Durham in 1969 and graduated from Goldsmiths College, London, in 1991. She was awarded the Princes Trust Award in 1992, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2004 and received the British Council Award in 2008.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Rachel Howard, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, IT (2016); At Sea, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK (2015); Northern Echo, Blain|Southern London, UK (2014); Folie à Deux, Blain|Southern, London, UK (2011); Repetition is Truth, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, IT (2011); Still Life / Still Here, Rachel Howard, New Paintings, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, ES (2011).

Recent group exhibitions include: Age of Terror, Imperial War Museum, London, UK (2017); Playground Structure, Blain|Southern London, UK (2017); Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, London, UK (2016); Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2016); Settle Opere per la Misericordia, 4th edition, curated by Mario Codognato, Pio Monte della Misericordia, Naples, IT (2016); Sleepless, Beds in History and Contemporary Art, 21er Haus, Vienna, AT (2015).

Howard’s work can be found in a variety of public and private collections, amongst others: Ackland Art Museum, North Carolina; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; Tate Archive, London; David Roberts Foundation, London; Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas; Olbricht Collection, Berlin; Pio Monte Della Misericordia, Naples; The wareHouse, Wieland Collection, Atlanta and the Murderme and Hiscox collections, London.

The artist lives and works in Gloucestershire and London.



1969, Born in Easington, UK
Lives and works in London and Gloucestershire, UK



Goldsmiths College, London, UK


British Council Award, UK

Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London, UK

The Prince's Trust Award, UK


Paintings of Violence (Why I am Not a mere Christian), MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, US 
Repetition is Truth - via dolorosa, Newport Street Gallery, London, UK 
Der Kuss, Blain|Southern, London, UK 

Rachel Howard, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, IT

At Sea, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK

Northern Echo, Blain|Southern, London, UK

Folie à Deux, Blain|Southern, London, UK
Repetition is Truth – Via Dolorosa, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina (Museo MADRE), Naples, IT
Still Life / Still Here. Rachel Howard. New Paintings, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, ES

Human Shrapnel – oil drawings on paper, Other Criteria, London, UK

Der Wald, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, CH

Rachel Howard: invited by Philippa van Loon, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL
How to Disappear Completely - New Work by Rachel Howard, Haunch of Venison, London, UK

Fiction/Fear/Fact, Bohen Foundation, New York, US
Rachel Howard - New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Guilty, Bohen Foundation, New York, US
Can’t Breathe Without You, Anne Faggionato, London, UK

Tightrope, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Ohio, US

Painting 2001, Anne Faggionato, London, UK

Rachel Howard: New Paintings (curated by Honey Luard), A22 Gallery, London, UK



NGORONGORO II, Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin, DE (forthcoming)
Beauty and Subjugation from The Goss-Michael Collection, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, US
Jerwood Collection: 25 Years, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK

Age of Terror, Imperial War Museum, London, UK 
Playground Structure, Blain|Southern, London, UK
Dissolution of Distance, Idris Khan, Rachel Howard and Gregor Hildebrandt, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, ES
Simulation/Skin. Selected works from the Murderme Collection, Newport Street Gallery, London, UK  
Drawing Biennale, The Drawing Room, London, UK
Look Back Now: Jerwood Gallery is 5, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK.
Sette Opere per la Misericordia (Seven Works for Mercy), Works from the permanent collection, Pio Monte della Misericordia, Naples
curated by Mario Codognato
, Italian Cultural Institute, London, UK

Three Triptychs, Intragallery, Naples, IT
Summer Exhibition, Paul Stolper Gallery, London, UK
Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, London, UK
Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Now You See Me, T. J. Boulting, London, UK
Reasons, Other Criteria, Newport Street, London, UK
Animal Farm, S2, London, UK
Sette Opere per la Misericordia, 4th edition (curated by Mario Codognato), Pio Monte della Misericordia, Naples, IT 

Lino/Cut, Paul Stolper, London, UK
Testing Testing: Painting and Sculpture since 1960 from the Permanent Collection, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US
Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, Tannery Arts, London, UK
New Rhythms, Display – Contemporary Drawings, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
Sleepless, Beds in History and Contemporary Art, 21er Haus, Vienna, AT

Untitled (Unconscious), T. J. Boulting, London, UK

Colectiva, Sala Pelaires, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, ESInvitation to a Beheading (curated by  Rachel Howard), Marianne Boesky, 64th Street, New York, US
Freedom Not Genius (curated by Elena Geuna), Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, RU
The Human Body a Series of Etchings, Alteria Art, London, UK
Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK
Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, RU;  The Virginia MoCA, Virginia Beach, US
Over the Rainbow: drawings by Rachel Howard, Poetry by Sue Hubbard, Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, London, UK

Freedom Not Genius (curated by Elena Geuna), Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, IT
Gravity and Disgrace (curated by Rachel Howard), Blain|Southern Gallery, London, UK
Summer Exhibition 2012, Royal Academy (R.A), London, UK
The Special Edition Show, AFM Collection, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, ES

Editions II / Group Show of Limited Editions, Paul Stolper Gallery, London, UK
Selektionseffekte, Blain|Southern Berlin, DE
Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
Fraternise, Beaconsfield, London, UK
Works from the permanent collection, Ackland Museum, North Carolina, US
Drawing 2011, The Drawing Room, London, UK 

Vanitas – The Transience of Earthly Pleasures, All Visual Arts, London, UK
Inspired by Soane, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, UK
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, UK
Kupferstichkabinet – Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, UK
Keep Me Posted (curated by Julia Royse) Posted Projects, London, UK
Contemporary Magic, The National Arts Club, New York, US
Modern Times, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sussex UK 

Hard/Soft, The National Arts Club, New York, US
Art Barter, The Rag Factory, London, UK
Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, Burlington Gardens, London, UK
Opening Art Foundation Mallorca Collection, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, ES

M25 Around London (curated by Barry Schwabsky), CCA Andratx, Mallorca, ES
RED Auction, Sothebys and Gagosian Gallery, New York, US
Cut away, Anna Kustera, New York, US

Conversations: The collection of Joe Lovett and Jim Cottrell, North Dakota Museum of Art, US

In the darkest hour there will be light: works from Damien Hirst’s murderme collection, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
The Discerning Eye, selected by Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, UK
Action Precision, Lennonweinberg, New York, US

Intuition/(im)precision (curated by Thomas Krens) Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AT
Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, UK

Amongst the Constellations (curated by Tim Dickson), Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Shimmering Substance (curated by Barry Schwabsky and Catsou Roberts), The Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
Shimmering Substance, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK
Reactions, Exit Art, 548 Broadway, New York, US

2001-A Space Oddity, A22 Gallery, London, UK
Rachel Howard, Torben Giehler, Yeardley Leonard (curated by Sarah Watson), Goldman Tevis Gallery, Los Angeles, US 

Five, Lennon, Weinberg Inc., New York, US
Psycho: Art and Anatomy (curated by Danny Moynihan), Anne Faggionato, London, UK 
Artfutures, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK

The Choice, selected by Damien Hirst, Exit Art, New York, US

Sarah Staton: SupaStore, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Take Off, Galerie Krinzinger/Benger Fabrik, Bregenz, AT

SupaStore De Luxe (curated by Sarah Staton), Church Street, New York, US
2 seconds 9 months (curated by Maria Marshall), Bankside Lofts, London, UK


Invitation to a Beheading (curated by Rachel Howard), Marianne Boesky, New York, US

Gravity and Disgrace (curated by Rachel Howard), Blain Southern, Dering Street London, UK

Fraternise (curated by Rachel Howard and Judith Dean), Beaconsfield, London, UK

Black Dog Yellow House (curated by the artist), Trolley Gallery Redchurch Street, London, UK

Big Issue, cover design



Mario Codognato, Exhibition Catalogue, London, Newport Street Gallery, Other Criteria, Repetition is Truth – Via Dolorosa 
Emily Jackson, ed., with texts by Craig Burnett and Darian Leader, Rachel Howard, Blain|Southern, London, UK

Amie Corry, Exhibition Catalogue, London, Newport Street Gallery, Other Criteria, Simulation/Skin, Selected works from the Murderme Collection
My Top Tens, The Designer’s Republic, Sheffield, UK

Rebecca Dimling Cochran, Lisa Kurzner, Michael Rooks, Michael E. Shapiro, Homeward. Selections from the Wieland Collection, Atlanta, US
Susanne Van Hagen, Animal Farm: Beastly Muses and Metaphors, S2 Gallery, London, UK
M. Codognato and M. G. Leonetti Rodinò, Sette opere per la misericordia, arte-m, IT
Coast, Jerwood Gallery, UK

Alice Patten, Groucho 30th Anniversary, The Groucho Club, UK
Sleepless – The Bed in History and Contemporary Art, published by 21er Haus, Vienna, AT
Marianne Boesky, Exhibition Catalogue, New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Invitation to a Beheading

Artist’s Colouring Book of ABC’s, Humpty Dumpty Publishing & Alteria Art/Kids Company Charity,

Freedom Not Genius, Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, Other Criteria, London, UK

Rachel Howard, Blain|Southern, London, UK
Interview - Artists V3: Recordings 2011, published by Cv/VAR Editions, London, UK
Interview - Artists 4: Patterns of Experience; 1988 – 2011, published by Cv/VAR Editions, London, UK

Oxfam Oxtales, Profile Books, Hurtwood Press, UK
Susan May, Exhibition Catalogue,London, White Cube, Kupferstichkabinett, between thought and action
Lutz Becker, Exhibition Catalogue, Cambridge, Kettle’s Yard, Modern Times: Responding to Chaos        
Sue Hubbard,  Adventures in Art, Other Criteria, UK
Laura K. Jones, A Hedonist’s Guide to Art, Hg2 and, UK

Rachel Howard, Shami Chakrabarti and Joachim Pissarro, Repetition is Truth – Via Dolorosa, Murderme, Harry N. Abrams, UK

Rachel Howard invited by Philippa van Loon, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL
How to Disappear Completely, Haunch of Venison, UK
Mythologies, Haunch of Venison Exhibition Catalogue, London, UK
Bernie Katz, SoHo Society, Quartet Books, UK

Exhibition Catalogue, Bohen Foundation, Other Criteria, Fiction/Fear/Fact, Rachel Howard,
Rachel Howard – New Paintings, Pulchritude Press, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Exhibition Catalogue, London, Serpentine Gallery, In the darkest hour there may be light: works from Damien Hirst’s murderme collection

Barry Delaney, A Celebration of 20 Years of The Groucho Club, London, UK

Exhibition Catalogue, New York, Bohen Foundation, Guilty
Exhibition Catalogue, Salzburg, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Intuition/(im)precision
Exhibition Catalogue, London, Jerwood Space, Jerwood Drawing Prize

Rachel Howard, Can’t Breathe With You, Can’t Breathe Without You, Pulchritude Press and The Bohen Foundation, UK
Amanda Eliasch, British Artists at Work, Assouline Publishing, NY

Paco Barragan, The Art to Come, Subastas siglo XXI, Madrid, ES
K. Bright, Shimmering Substance, The Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

Anne Faggionato, Painting 2001, Pulchritude Press and Other Criteria, UK

Anne Faggionato, Psycho: Art and Anatomy, London, UK



E. Frankel, "Rachel Howard: Repetition is Truth - Via Dolorosa review", Time Out Magazine, 27 February
W. Januszczak, "Art Review: John Copeland and Rachel Howard at Newport Street Gallery", The Sunday Times, 25 February
J. Seven, "Reacting to a 'tidal wave' of endless violence", The Berkshire Eagle, 25 February
E. Lucie Smith, "Rachel Howard A Rising International Artist with Substance",, 23 February
M. Hudson, "Exhibitions: Rachel Howard", Daily Telegraph, 17 February
H. Judah, "Rachel Howard, from Hirst's Spot painter to major artist", Ipaper, 30 January 

P. Epps, “Craig Burnett on Playground Structure at Blain|Southern”,, 1 August
F. Güner, “Boxed In: Loosening Up The Modernist Grid”,, 3 September

G.Fantasia, “Da Roma a Hollywood”, Il Foglio, 8 October
D.Maestosi, “La violenza diventa arte”, La Mostra, 23 September
M.De Candia, “Immagini al potere e pittura Violenta”, Trova Roma, 22 September
C. A. Bucci, “Viaggio nel colore come un road movie”, La Republica, Roma, 22 September
R. Hawksley, “Rachel Howard: in the studio”,, 31 May
R. Caragliano, “Sette artisti per sette opere con un tema: la Misericordia”, La Repubblica, 13

Visual Arts Highlights, The Independent, 22 August
Radar, Arts Agenda, The Independent 25 August
M.Brown, Rachel Howard: “Damien Hirst”s first and best assistant steps out of the shadows”, The
Guardian, 17 July
Elephant #23, Summer Issue

“FEAR”, The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine, October, p. 22-23
J. McKenzie, “Untitled (Unconscious), Rachel Howard, Boo Saville, Gorka Mohamed, George Ziffo,
Kikko Giannuzzi”, Studio International, 2 May
L. Bredin, “Where to buy…”, The Week, 19 April
T. Jeffreys, “Peter Doig, Rachel Howard, and the architect of Georgian Britain, Our pick of this
week”s art events”, Royal Academy, 21 March
J. Jones, “The Week in Art”, The Guardian, 21 February
J. McKenzie, “Rachel Howard: Northern Echo”, Studio International, 17 February
C. Milliard, “Every Brushstroke Speaks: Rachel Howard gives new voice to oil paint”, Modern
Painters, February
R. Campbell-Johnston, “What”s on critics” choice - Rachel Howard: Northern Echo”, The Times, 8

L., Remmer, “Finding beauty in the dark”, Art of England, August

J. Cahill, “Entropy at work: For and against the image, or the New School of London”, Elephant, #12
C. Millard, “Review: the Rachel Howard-curated “Gravity and Disgrace” at London”s Blain|Southern”,
ArtInfo, 24 July
C. Millard, “Review: the Rachel Howard-curated “Gravity and Disgrace” at London”s Blain|Southern”,
Modern Painters, July
S. Leko, “Gravity and Disgrace”, Garage Magazine, 17 July
A. Byrne, “Review: Gravity and Disgrace”, The Upcoming, July
S.Meerza, “Review: Gravity and Disgrace”, Art Wednesday, July
Poostchi, B., “Gravity and Disgrace”, Garage Exclusive, July 

R. Newell, “Rachel Howard: Folie À Deux”, The Flaneur, 15 December
S. Sherwin, “Artist of the week 167: Rachel Howard, The Guardian, 8 December
A. McNay, “Rachel Howard: Folie À Deux”, Studio International, 17 November
J. Cahill, “Rachel Howard at Blain Southern”, Artslant, 4 November
S. Jacobson, “Rachel Howard”s Folie À Deux”, Dazed Digital, 22 October
B. Luke, “In the Frame: The Best of Frieze Week”, Evening Standard, 13 October
Unauthored, “The Frieze tweet 40”, Time Out, 13 – 19 October
Unauthored, “My Frieze Week in Pictures”, The Observer online, 16 October
S. Hastings, “Don”t Miss”, Evening Standard Magazine, 14 October
Unauthored, “Rachel knocks spots of Hirst”, The Evening Standard, 12 October
Unauthored, “A problem shared”, Mayfair Times, October
Front Cover of “How to Spend it” Financial Times, 4 June
R. Caragliano, “La tele della passione grondao sofferenza” Review, La Repubblica, 16 April
P. Esposito, “La Via Dolorosa dei diritti umani” Il Mattino, 16 April
M. Mosca, “Cristo torna a moriré ad Abu Ghraib”, Roma, 15 April

C.Jovo, “Noticias de lo sublime”, El Mondo, 15 November
T. Fitzner, “Ferrari in Trummern und adere schone”, Bild Mallorca Zeitung, 4 November
L. Jurado, “La sublime oscuridad de Rachel Howard ilega al Centro Pelaires”, El Mundo, 29 October
“La violencia velada de Howard recala en pelaires”, Diario de Mallorca, 29 October
“Ox tales”, The Guardian, 15 March
“Slick on the draw”, The Independent, 6 April

Front cover and article, The Big Issue,18-24 August
A. Finel Honigman, Review, Art in America
R. Ormeling, Review of Portrait exhibition, Financial Daily, Amsterdam, June –July
A. Husni-Bey, Review, Flash Art, March – April
J. Morris, “Critics” Choice”, Artforum, February
Art of England, February
Review, Kultureflash, 7 February
JJ. Charlesworth, Review, Time Out, 30 January
K. Wright, “Art to See”, Phillips Art Expert, 29 January
“Five Best Exhibitions: Rachel Howard”, The Independent, 22 January
S. Hubbard, Review, The Independent, 21 January
O. Basciano, Review, Saatchi Gallery Online, 19 January
F. Güner, Evening Standard, Review, 17 January
J. Lack, “Exhibitions / Choice”, The Guardian Guide, 11 January
R. Campbell-Johnston, “Top 5”, The Times / The Knowledge, 11 January
“First Post /Arts by Neal Brown”, January
L., K Jones, “London Dispatch”, Artnet, January

“Manifesto”, Artreview, June
G. Glueck, “Review of the Bohen Foundation exhibition”, The New Yorker, 14 May
P. Hunter Drohojowska, “Rachel Howard”, Review of Gagosian exhibition, ARTnews, April
“Market News”, The Telegraph, 30 January

R. C. Baker, “Best in Show – Action Precision”, The Village Voice, 28 July

“The Culture Show”, BBC2 (London), 25 November
J. Fyfe, Review, ARTnews, October

B. Pollack, Review, Time Out, New York, 18 December – 1 January
G. Glueck, Review of Rachel Howard: Guilty, The New York Times: Art in Review, 28 November
S. Hubbard, Review of Rachel Howard at Anne Faggionato, The Independent, 25 November
L. Buck, “Rachel Howard: Can”t Breathe With You, Can”t Breathe Without You”, The Art Newspaper,
November, no. 141
A. Holzer, “Seven Deadly Sins”, Flaunt, L.A., no.47
J. Royse, “Hot Art”, Elle

C. Kino, “Life After YBA-mania”, Art in America, New York, October
L. Hoggard, and D. Mazingarbe, “Crazy Artist”, Madame Figaro (supplement to Le Figaro), 8 June, 

B. Schwabsky, Review, Artforum, New York, February
M. Coomer, “Rachel Howard”, Review, Time Out, no. 1633, December
L. Buck, “Choice of Contemporary Galleries” The Art Newspaper, November
C. Knight, “Torben Giehler, Yeardley Leonard and Rachel Howard”, LA Times
R. Aidin, “The Art Issue”, Evening Standard Magazine
B. Schwabsky, “Painting: a minor art?”, Tema Celeste

C. Nadelman, “Five”, ARTnews, November
R. Dyer, “International News”, Contemporary
Sunday Times Magazine

Ackland Art Museum, North Carolina, US
The David Roberts Art Foundation, UK
Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, US
Hiscox, London, UK
Imperial War Museum, London, UK
Jerwood Collection, UK
Murderme, London, UK
Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL
Olbricht Collection, DE
Pio Monte Della Misericordia, Naples, IT
Tate Archive, UK
The wareHOUSE, Wieland Collection, Atlanta, US


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