The lecture will try to untangle the truth of the claim that Sickert was responsible for the murders attributed to Jack the Ripper.
Michael Howard is a practising painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy and in many private collections here and abroad. His work is also represented in the Manchester Art Gallery for which he wrote a guide. He and his wife the painter Ghislaine Howard run a studio Gallery in Derbyshire and he has curated many exhibitions at the Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery, the Imperial War Museum North and elsewhere. Michael has published widely on European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and has written books about L. S. Lowry, Gauguin, Goya, Whistler, Monet and Cézanne. His subject is Walter Sickert (1860-1942), one of the most celebrated painters of his times. The lecture will try to untangle the truth of the claim by Patricia Cornwell that he was responsible for the murders attributed to Jack the Ripper. It will do this by following a trail of murder, mystery, mayhem and paint.
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
Mr Michael Howard
Michael is a familiar face to The Arts Society. He is President of The Arts Society Bolton and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Although retired, he continues to teach at the Manchester School of Art. He has published widely on European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, his books include: L. S. Lowry: A Visionary Artist; The Impressionists by Themselves; The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure and the award-winning dramatic interpretation and publication of material originally performed by the Zurich-based Dadaists of 1916. A New Order: An Evening at the Cabaret Voltaire. His book on Gauguin, was written in association with the Gauguin Museum, Tahiti, and his book on Monet for the Musée Marmottan, Paris. One of his most recent books concerns his wife’s life and work: The Human Touch: Ghislaine Howard. (Ghislaine is also an accredited lecturer of The Arts Society).
Michael is a practising artist, and has exhibited at the Royal Academy, the New York Art Fair and elsewhere. He is represented in Manchester Art Gallery and in many private collections both here and abroad. He has appeared on television and radio many times and in 2004 he and Ghislaine worked the film, Degas and the Dance which has awarded one of the prestigious Peabody awards.