Ken Howard was born in 1932. He studied art at Hornsey School of Art from 1949 to 1953. Ken then did his National Service with the Royal Marines before returning to study at the Royal College of Art from 1955 to 1958. He went on to win a British Council Art Scholarship to Florence from 1958 to 1959.
The first one-man show was held at the Plymouth Art Centre in 1955. Subsequent art exhibitions were held in 1966 and 1968 at the John Whibley Gallery. From then on Howard exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally, particularly with the New Grafton Art Gallery from the early 1970s. He was given a retrospective exhibition in 1972 at the Plymouth City Art Gallery.
In 1979 Howard was appointed by the Imperial War Museum as official British artist in Northern Ireland. He also worked with the British Army in Germany, Cyprus, Oman, Hong Kong, Nepal, Norway, Canada, Belize and Brunei from 1973 to 1982. He is a master at capturing light in both oil and watercolour paintings. Today Howard is known as one of the leading British Artists for his ability to fuse light and atmosphere in his contemporary paintings. The subjectsin the contemporary paintings range from studio nudes to Venetian scenes and Cornish beaches.