Danny Howes at Reuben Colley Fine Arts in Moseley

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of Danny Howes’ first solo exhibition at Reuben Colley Fine Arts in Moseley. I have known Danny's work for a number of years so I was thrilled to discover he was now achieving public recognition and success for his contemporary figure paintings. In the past Danny worked for a select group of clients for whom he paints portraits but had never quite found the right opportunity to exhibit publicly. That was until Reuben Colley Fine Arts saw his work and knew immediately they wanted Danny onboard recognising his fresh approach to figure painting would be an asset to the gallery.

The exhibition spans over nine months of work and on the opening night it was clear to me that something special had blossomed out of the opportunity. A series of 23 unique portraits fill the space with a rich energetic palette, thought provoking expressions, and gritty concepts. The work captures a snapshot of urban life, subtly focusing on human emotion and interaction. Danny takes his inspiration from
regular people doing regular things; kids hanging around bored, builders on a lunch break, a dog walker enjoying a cider in the park. Danny introduces us to some quite challenging individuals and situations, each beautifully painted canvas capturing the soul of the subject in such a convincing manner we feel like we already know them and can empathise with their experiences, good or bad.

Everyone I spoke to said how privileged they felt to be part of Danny’s first major showcase, mostly because we all knew that we were in the company of a new talent, for whom a wonderful career surely lies just around the corner.

This is an inspiring and thought-provoking show. Danny tells a story about the people he sees, often using the power of the eyes to reveal all. In Howes' work the eyes truly are the window to the soul.

The exhibition is on now until 8th July at Reuben Colley Fine Arts, St Marys Row, Moseley.

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