Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Dreams and Nightmares, 22 May – 15 July 2012;
Somerset, Hestercombe Gallery, A Personal Passion, 25 April – 5 July 2015;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Where’s God Now? 18 July – 27 September 2015;
Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Human Face, 27 January – 12 March 2016;
London, Business Design Centre, London Art Fair Museum Partner, Ten Years – A Century of Art, 18 – 22 January 2017;
Hull, Ferens Art Gallery, Reflection: British Art in an Age of Change, 17 August 2019 – 5 January 2020
Peter Howson has established a formidable reputation as one of his generation’s leading figurative painters. Many of his paintings derive inspiration from the streets of Glasgow, where he was brought up. He is renowned for his penetrating insight into the human condition, and his heroic portrayals of the mighty and meek. His art is described by Robert Heller as ‘founded in Humanity, especially the human face’. Painted on a monumental scale with the shocking vigour and ferocity typical of Howson’s work, the painting subverts the religious story of the resurrection of Christ, which traditionally in art history has been treated with solemnity and celebration. Here the figure on the right appears to be tied to a post, undeniably suggesting the figure of Christ at the crucifixion, not resurrection.