John Langley Howard (1902 – 1999)

John Langley Howard (1902 - 1999)

John Langley Howard  (1902 – 1999) Titled Abstract 1 ( Under the sea ) Measures 14×21 inches   egg tempura on board Farhat Art Museum Collection  John Langley Howard was born in Montclair, NJ on Feb. 5, 1902.   Howard was brought to California by his parents as an infant.  After majoring in English and engineering at UC, he enrolled at the California College of Arts & Crafts (Oakland), and then continued at Art Students League in NYC under Kenneth Hayes Miller.  Returning to California in 1926, he held his first exhibition at San Francisco’s Modern Gallery.  Shortly after his return, he and his wife bought a house in Monterey and spent many years there.  Howard was active as an artist until a few years before his demise in San Francisco on Nov. 15, 1999.  Originally inspired by the landscapes of Cézanne, his work evolved into Social Realism during the 1930s; however, in the early 1940s he returned to painting landscapes in a style of meticulous realism with symbolic overtones.    Member:  Carmel AA; SFAA; Marin Society of Artists; Calif. Society of Mural Painters.   Exh:  Club Beaux Arts (SF), 1928 (solo); Golden Gate International Exposition ,1939; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1939 (solo); Foundation of Western Art (LA), 1940; American Watercoloar Society, 1940s; Carnegie Inst., 1941 (solo); Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), 1943; Art Institute of Chicago, 1945; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1946; Lawson Gallery (SF), 1975 (solo); Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 1983 (solo); De Young Museum, 1991.   Works held in public places: IBM (NY);  Security Pacific Nat’l Bank Headquarters (LA); California Palace of the Legion Honor; Oakland Museum; Coit Tower (SF); Univ. of Utah.   Source: Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940” Inview with the artist or his family; Who’s Who in American Art 1938-70; Art of California, May 1991; SF Chronicle, 11-26-1999 (obit).

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