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Colour and Spirit

Private View Saturday 14th October 2006 noon - 5.00pm
Wine served - All Works for Sale
Exibition Finishes Sunday 5th November 2006

Where enquiries of prices are made on the gallery, the work is subject to availability and the price to change.


Austrian Village
61 x 76 £750

56 x 56 £500

Welsh Village
61 x 76 £850

French Village
25 x 30 £300

Red and Grey Flower Painting
61 x 51 £850

Houses on Skye
35 x 54 £500

Provençal Vase
66 x 76 £850

Provençal Vases
53 x 47 £450

30 x 40 £300

Winnie’s Ginger Jar
61 x 45 £450

Sketch for Suffolk Church
51 x 61 £400

House through the Trees
40 x 30 £500

Winter Landscape
76 x 101 £1,100

A Memory of Abbey Dore
101 x 76 £950

76 x 101 £1,050

Sunflowers and Stripes
101 x 76 £1,000

A Happy Day
61 x 76 £900

John’s Garden
50 x 40 £450

Balcony with Red Flowers
35 x 25 £450

Skye, Portree
64 x 74 £1,000

View, Mimi and Dick’s Cabin, Colorado
75 x 49 £850

Landscape with Stripes II
50 x 75 £950

Landscape with Stripes
76 x 51 £950

101 x 76 £1,150

Near Le Luc
91 x 99 £1,100

Dorothy’s Favourite Vase
101 x 76 £1,250

Four Important Trees
51 x 60 £800

Windmill, Dalham in Winter
30 x 40 £450

Uluru II
50 x 40 £450

Sketch for Suffolk Walk
25 x 35 £300

Red Flower in Vase with Orange Teapot
61 x 51 £850

60 x 90 £900

On the Way to the Croft
40 x 49 £600

60 x 70 £850

Saskia and Bailey’s Walk
51 x 61 £400

66 x 76 £850

On site sketch, Barrow Hill
61 x 51 £450

Moonlight Bay
35 x 25 £350

Dorothy’s Vase
50 x 40 £600

Red Curtain
61 x 76 £550
Measurements in centimetres height by width - Works sold as seen



I love Cynthia Howell’s painting, it captures her free sprit and inspires my own.

We met in 1974, both working for The Friends of the Tate Gallery. Cynthia’s energy matched that of the surrounding paintings by John Hoyland and Sam Francis while adding even more colour. She was a fantastic colleague, and became a great friend. She has four children, and with characteristic energy and passion made time to paint, a discovery which added another compelling dimension to her character which has intrigued me ever since.

Cynthia was taught by Walter Nestler and Cecil Colllins, and stylistically influenced by her wide ranging passion for art, in particular Nicholas de Stael, Keith Vaughan and William Scott have played a part together with Cynthia’s all time heroes Rembrandt and Matisse. Whilst drawing inspiration from these artists, Cynthia unquestionably has her own aesthetic confidence. She has a unique and distinctive vision, which is expressed through the subjects of her painting, distilling their essence, mixing it with energy and returning it to the canvas. Her paintings are vigorous, powerful and decisive, and yet simultaneously seductive, sensitive and tender too.

Suffolk has been her enduring muse, since she first had a weekend cottage there in 1968. Now her home, it is the subject of many of these recent paintings, together with a selection of landscapes, interiors and still lives, from Britain, Europe and America. Since the 60s, change has been the constant in Cynthia’s style, which has consistently evolved. Whilst space precludes showing her drawings or the breadth of her earlier work, including cityscapes, portraits and an exciting period when she painted footballers with spray paint, we are not cheated. We are afforded the sumptuous immediacy of her brush, cloth, finger and pallet knife techniques. Along with some of Cynthia’s characteristic devices, paths and churches, it is interesting to see how vases and flowers have appeared more frequently in these recent paintings. I particularly love the vitality of the emerging circular leitmotif in many of the works. The exhibition is united by a simplicity, which belies the complexity of thought feeling and process. The works have an exciting edge, they are most certainly more than the sum of their parts, they bare a hidden soul.

The Chappel Galleries have spoilt us again, bringing together this noteworthy selection of Cynthia’s most recent paintings. I hope they will also inspire you, and that you will relish this very special treat.

Stephen Dunn is Exhibition Registrar at Tate Modern.

Born 1930 Montreal, Canada
Moved to North West London, later Islington
Weekend cottage in Suffolk
Moved to Suffolk
Studied with


Walter Nessler


Cecil Collins at City Literary Institute

1961-67 Hampstead Artists Council, London
1984-2000 Five Women Artists – regular exhibitor:
December 1990 at Unity Wharf Centre Gallery, Tower Bridge, London.
Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery – regular exhibitor
Quay Theatre (first prize winner)
1991 Chappel Galleries, Essex
Heffers Gallery, Cambridge, Summer Exhibition
Laing Competition Suffolk and London
Eastern Open, Fermoy Gallery, Kings Lynn
John Russell Gallery, Ipswich
Central Library, Cambridge
Camden Town
c. 1990s
Quay Theatre, Sudbury
Chappel Galleries, Essex
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