Catherine Howe is a New York artist with an extensive history of exhibitions and critical success. Inspired by Dutch Baroque paintings’ delight in the object and the decorative, Howe’s paintings are not about representation or narrative. Rather, they are exercises in the evocative power of painting as a material. Flora, fauna, figures, and foods dissolve into abstract flurries of brush marks and fields of co-mingled colors. Howe’s palette is strong and vibrant; her technique includes splatters, spills, and the scraping away of paint, and her execution is always spontaneous.
For her Manneken Press project Howe created collagraph plates in several different sizes, in her signature sensuous sweeping manner, with gestures and low relief built up of carborundum and acrylic resin. These were inked and printed in variations of striated colors, each impression being unique. Howe also completed eight 30″ x 22″ monotypes during her visit to Manneken Press in April 2019.
Catherine Howe has exhibited widely throughout the United States, as well as in London, Paris and Amsterdam. Her work has been discussed in numerous publications including The New York Times; Artforum; Art in America; Flash Art; Artcritical; BOMB; Il Giornale dell’ Arte; the New Art Examiner; and The Los Angeles Times. She is currently a Professor on the Graduate Painting Faculty at the New York Academy of Art, where she leads a seminar on contemporary art. The artist works in Manhattan and a farmhouse in The Hudson Valley.