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This is part two of a two-day lecture series looking comprehensively at Peter Howson . We recommend you attend both. Alexander Moffat will trace the development of Peter Howson’s work from his student years at Glasgow School of Art showing how the influences of artists such as Max Beckmann and Otto Dix shaped and informed all of his subsequent work.

Howson’s distinctive voice as a painter emerged during this period with his powerful images of Glasgow low life and military brutality anticipating the beginnings of what might be termed his apocalyptic vision of the world. 

Alexander Moffat is an artist and teacher. Born in Dunfermline in 1943 he studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art. From 1968 to 1978 he was the Director of the New 57 Gallery in Edinburgh. 

In 1979 he joined the staff of The Glasgow School of Art where he was Head of Painting from 1992 until his retirement in 2005. His portraits of the major poets of the Scottish Renaissance movement hang in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and his paintings are represented in many public and private collections including the Yale Center for British Art, USA and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.



Peter Howson - The Formative Years