Charles Houghton Howard

American, 1899 - 1978

Charles Houghton Howard was born on January 2, 1899 in Montclair, New Jersey, Howard was the third son of a prominent family of architects, painters, and sculptors. When he was three his father, a successful architect in New York, moved the family to Berkeley, California, where he had been appointed supervising architect at the University of California. After graduating from Berkeley High School, Howard enrolled in the University of California and immediately joined the S. A. T. C. (Students’ Army Training Corps), with which he served until the WWI armistice in 1918. He re-entered the University of California in 1919 focusing on journalism. With hopes of one day being a writer, Howard continued his education with graduate studies in journalism and English on the east coast.

After studying journalism in California, a stay in Paris, and a trip to Italy, Howard began to paint in New York City in 1924 while working as a mural painter in a decoration company. His first solo exhibition was held in 1926 at the Whitney Studio Club. In 1933, he married Madge Knight, a was a British painter, and the couple moved to England. In London, Howard participated in the International Surrealist Exhibition in New Burlington, New York, and exhibited at the Guggenheim-Jeune Gallery in 1939. He returned to the United States during the war, where he helped introduce European surrealism. Returning to England in 1946, he participated in numerous exhibitions in London and the United States. The Whitechapel A. Gallery dedicated a major retrospective to him in 1956 and in 1963 he exhibited at McRoberts and Tunnard Ltd. From 1959 to 1965 he taught at the Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts. He moved to Italy in 1970, where he died in 1978.  

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