Curriculum Vitae

English artist, Howard Raybould, now living in France, is an established figure in the London art scene who has exhibited at major venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal College of Art, and at the Medici Gallery. His work has also been displayed many times in the United States, Canada and Japan.

The artist’s journey to his current ‘atelier’ in Cazilhac, began in London in the 1960s. He attended Hammersmith College of Art and Design, before completing his degree in Fine Art and Sculpture at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design. His interest in working with wood has been long-standing and included periods when he learnt various craft skills such as making furniture, carving, colouring, gilding and polishing; he has also created props for use in theatre productions. This diverse background has contributed to the development of Howard’s unique style of sculpture, where the natural qualities and textures of wood are combined with a dazzling array of colouring effects, including the use of decorative metals.

In 1978 Howard received a scholarship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, which enabled him to spend an extended period studying in Japan. In 1980 his work was shown at the National Theatre, London. Since then his work has been extensively exhibited in both solo and joint exhibitions, most recently at the Palm Beach Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA and at the Toronto International Art Fair, Canada. In 1985, the artist received a ‘New work grant to an individual’, presented by the British Crafts Council; and three years later, a project award from the Gulbenkien Foundation. His work has been both publicly and privately commissioned and is also included in several public collections including the Crafts Council, British Council, Contemporary Art Society, Shipley Art Gallery, Grundy Art Gallery and Urasenke, Japan.

Howard believes that his work has been transformed as a result of moving from
London to Cazilhac. “I have undergone a kind of artistic transhumance - moving from a claustrophobic urban life to a peaceful and beautiful environment has renewed my interest in landscape. The hills, mountains and rivers are a constant inspiration, particularly the Cévennes and the Pic St. Loup”.

Factual CV

Born 21/11/1946  London England.

Hammersmith College of art               1965-1966
Ravensbourne college of Art & Design     1999-1969

Awards: Gulbenkien Foundation,  Winston Churchill, Crafts Council.

In collections of:

Elton John
Tom Jones
Ivor Cohen
Dame Steve Shirley
Sir Hugh Casson
British Countcil
British Rail
Grundy Art gallery
Southern Arts
Victoria & Albert museum
Eastern Arts
Bedford Education council
Heathrow Airport
Crafts Council
Shipley Art gallery, Gateshead
Bedfordshire education Council

Commission include:

Abramovich’s yacht
Swiss Volkbank
Daily Telegraph
Victoria & Albert museum
Eastern Arts
Prior’s Court School


© Howard Raybould 2008       updated: 22 January 2008