Howard Burgess was born in Kensington, London in 1954. As a child he was obsessed with drawing, but his academic and sports interests put his artistic enthusiasm to one side until he reached his mid-twenties.
Resurrecting his interest in painting, Howard Burgess developed a distinct pop art style but by the mid-nineties he began to draw his inspiration from the East Anglian landscape and returned to a figurative style of work. He says of his more recent work:
I have been captivated by the atmospheric colours of the skies, land, and seas of the Suffolk coastline and derive great pleasure in expressing these in my paintings. Possibly this attraction to the Suffolk coast is due to the fact that my mother's family came from Walberswick.
Whilst having painted numerous Aldeburgh fishing boats which have now become a historical record, Howard Burgess has in recent years returned to painting buildings, particularly those seen from the shoreline at Aldeburgh. Burgess has work in collections in Ireland, Germany, USA, and Bermuda, as well as seven pieces accepted for a show at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (five of which have been hung).
His exhibitions have included:
LOUGHTON LIBRARY – 1997 (2 MAN SHOW)
EPPING FOREST DISTRICT MUSEUM (PERMANENT COLLECTION)
ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBTION – 1998
ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION –2001
ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION – 2006 This work featured on BBC 2 and one of the paintings was used in the introductions for the 2007 BBC shows on the Summer Exhibition
NEW ENGLISH ART CLUB – 2001 (MALL GALLERIES)
ROYAL SOCIETY OF MARINE ARTISTS – 2002 (MALL GALLERIES)