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Born Dundee, 1931

Island, 1969

Oil on canvas
Scottish Arts Council Bequest 1997
Museum number 1998-22

Howie studied at Duncan of Jordanstone and Liverpool Colleges of Art.

This work is ‘part of an extensive series of images inviting contemplation on the nature of time, our waiting in it and the possibility of new beginnings.’ The motif of an island represents something which has survived over an inordinate length of time. It also stands for one’s dreams and hopes. Reaching the island is something that man aspires to, as a place of escape, but that is unattainable, almost at the edge of the world.

Howie comments: ‘Nature is the source of everything I do. The force of Nature. The power of Nature. In Scotland there is more evidence of Nature – openness, purity of light, the continuing presence of sea and sky.’

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