Stevens Street Gallery

Mark Howson

Born in England in 1961, Mark Howson arrived in Australia in 1969. He studied in Melbourne, but regards himself as mainly self-taught. Best known for his figurative painting, he is also a sculptor and makes jewellery from metals. He exhibited with ROAR studies from 1981, and has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne from 1988. He has received commissions for sculptures and murals from the Australian National Gallery. Howson’s work is also represented in the National Gallery of Victoria and New Parliament House, Canberra.




1961 Born Whitmore, Staffordshire, England

1969 Arrived in Melbourne, Australia

1978 Completed Higher School Certificate

1979 Medicine, Monash University

1980 TOP Art and Design, Prahran CAE

1981-82 Painting, Victorian College of the Arts

1982 Founding Member, Roar Studios

1983-84 Travel in Europe

1988 Travel in Italy and Japan

1997 Teaching Drawing, Victoria University

1998-2011 Living and Working in Melbourne


2004 Paintings, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2003 Paintings, Eastgate & Holst Gallery, Melbourne

2002 Paintings, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2001 ‘Configurations’, Paintings, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

2001 ‘Signs of Life’, Paintings, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

1999 Paintings, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

1998 Drawings & Sculpture, 208 Lennox Street, Melbourne

1997 Drawings, Continental Café, Melbourne

1993 Paintings, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne

1991 Paintings & Sculpture, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne

1990 Paintings, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne

1989 Paintings, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne

1988 Paintings & Drawings, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne


Art Bank; Australian National Gallery; National Gallery of Victoria; Ballarat Art Gallery; Geelong Art Gallery; Launceston College of Advanced Education; New Parliament House Canberra; Monash University; Myer Collection; Shire of Kyneton Collection; Gadens Sydney; Sakuma Collection Tokyo; Private Collections in Australia, Europe and USA.


2006 ‘Collectors Exhibition’, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne

2005 Group Exhibition, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2005 ‘Collectors Exhibition’, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne

2004 ‘Collectors Exhibition’, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne

2003 Inaugural Bendigo Painting Prize Exhibition

2003 ‘5 x 3’, Paintings, Group Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

2003 Collectors Exhibition, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne

2002 Collectors Exhibition, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne

2001 Jacaranda Drawing Prize Exhibition, Grafton Regional Gallery and

Touring NSW

2001 “Roar Again’ Metro Five Gallery, Melbourne

2000 Drawing Show, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

1998 Jacaranda Drawing Prize Exhibition, Grafton Regional Gallery and

Touring NSW

1997 ‘12 Melbourne Artists’, Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1995 Biennial Spring Festival of Drawing, Mornington Regional Gallery

1994 Chandler Coventry Obsession, Drawings and Sculpture, Cambelltown

City Art Gallery

1994 Inaugural Kyneton Collection Exhibition

1993 Blake Prize Exhibition, Blaxland Gallery Sydney and touring Tweed

Heads, Noosa and Adelaide

1992 ‘The Nude’ Sara Weiss Award, Heide Park & Art Gallery

1992 ‘Roar Studios Touring Exhibition’ Heide Park & Art Gallery,

Shepparton Art Gallery, Benalla Art Gallery, Ballarat Art Gallery

1992 Castlemaine Drawing Prize Exhibition

1989 ‘Green Peace Benefit’, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

‘Artists against Animal Experimentation’ Deutscher Gallery, Melbourne

1998 ‘A New Generation’ Australian National Gallery, Canberra

1987 Drawings, Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne

1987 ‘Colour 2’ Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1986 ‘Colour 1’ Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1985 ‘The Melbourne Group’ Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1985 ‘Raw Reality’ Realities Gallery, Melbourne

1984 Group Show Roar Studios, Melbourne

1984 ‘Melbourne Painters’ Chameleon Gallery, Hobart

1983 ‘Two Person Show’ Roar Studios, Melbourne

1982 Opening Exhibition Roar Studios, Melbourne

1982 ‘Three Person Show’ Roar Studios, Melbourne

1981 Benefit Exhibition for Roar Studios, Green Street Studios, Melbourne


1990 Entrance Foyer Sculpture, Vosti House, Melbourne

1985 Murals, Gallery Restaurant, Australian National Gallery, Canberra

1984 ‘Nativity Scene’ Wooden Sculpture, Australian National Gallery, Canberra


1981 Painting Prize, Victorian College of the Arts


2006 ‘The Encyclopedia of Australian Art’, Susan McCulloch, Allen & Unwin

1995 ‘Roar…And Quieter Moments from A Group Of Melbourne Artists’,

Traudi Allen, Craftsman House

1994 ‘Images 2’ Contemporary Australian Painting, Neville Drury,

Craftsman House

1994 ‘The Encyclopedia of Australian Art’, Allen McCulloch, Revised and Updated by Susan McCulloch, Allen & Unwin

1993 ‘New Art Eight’, Profiles in Contemporary Australian Art, edited by Neville Drury, Craftsman House

1992 Roar Studios Touring Catalogue, Joe Pascoe and Katrina Fraser, Shepparton Art Gallery

1991 ‘The Nude’ Sara Weiss Award Catalogue, Anna Claburn, Heide Park and

Art Gallery

1991 Christina Lew, Exhibition Review, Tension Magazine, Volume 24

1988 Christopher Heathcote, Exhibition Review, Australian Art Monthly, Issue 15, October

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