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Born in 1934 in Cape Town

Shirley Howells was born and educated in Cape Town where she lived until 1965 before relocating to Durban. Although she showed an aptitude for art in her youth, she was, as a result of circumstances, unable to explore her talent. However, in 1986 she signed up for a two year Fine Arts Course at the Technical College and thereafter furthered her studies under the tutelage of landscape painter John Smith, for a further two years. Early on her work won the attention of both local and overseas collectors and in 1997 she was afforded a very successful solo exhibition in the United States.

Although she works in all media, she has latterly leaned almost exclusively towards the use of oils as her chosen medium. Joining the Watercolour Society of South Africa in 2003, she achieved Associate status in 2005, during which time she had a number of works judged “best on show” by both the public and the society. In 2012 she once again reverted to the use of watercolour and, at the first selection of the year, received a “highly commended” for a selected item.

Her work has been well received and purchased by visitors to South Africa from Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, England, Germany, Canada, the United States and the Netherlands. Both South Africa and overseas galleries presently represent her. The state president of Tanzania has included two of her works in his collection. Her work has been bought by individual collectors all over South Africa and she has received commissions for both corporate work and portrait studies.

Since 1995 she has won numerous awards for both drawing and painting and has had work judged “best on show” by both selectors and the public. One of her works has been included in an international book on still life/flowers, the publication of which was launched in January 2004. In 2000, she successfully participated in the annual Art in the Park exhibition in Pietermaritzburg. Two of her paintings are included in the “Unity Canvas”, commemorating 9/11, which has been on display throughout the United States.

In 2012, one of her works was selected by the movie producer Anant Singh to be used on the set of “A Long Walk to Freedom”.

For Shirley, painting is a passion and has become an on-going journey of exploration and discovery.

Etchings Inc., Durban North
Art & Wine on Main, Free State
The Cape Gallery, Cape Town
House of Arts, Windhoek, Namibia
The Prince Albert Gallery, Seven Arches, Prince Albert
The Green Gallery, Flanders Mall, Mount Edgecombe
The Blue Caterpillar Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
Absolute Art, Hartebeespoort
Dante Art and Décor, Claremont, Cape Town
Perels en Pampoene Galerie, Hopefield, Western Cape
Fine Art Gallery, Swakopmund, Namibia

Zebra Register of South African Artists and Galleries, Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3
South African Art Information Directory, 2004 & 2005
How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Still Life and Florals, International Artist Publishing, Mason OH. USA.
2012 Jan/Feb issue of The South African Artist Magazine


A point of view; group exhibition at The Cape Gallery


Group Exhibitions, ASA, Art South Africa
Group Exhibitions, Watercolour Society of South Africa
Social Synergy, Group Exhibition at The Cape Gallery, Cape Town

Solo Exhibition, Blue Caterpillar Gallery, Pietermaritzburg

Solo Exhibition, Blue Caterpillar Gallery, Pietermaritzburg

Two Man Exhibition, The Green Gallery, Mount Edgecombe

The Lay of the Land and the Sea, Group Exhibition at The Cape Gallery, Cape Town

1999 – 2011
Various Group Exhibitions

Group exhibition showing in Plymouth, UK

Solo exhibition in Birmingham, Detroit, USA

Shirley Howells
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Title: Arniston - Westcoast
Size: 60 x 80 cm
Media: Oil
ID: 2533
Price: R 6 650 Unframed
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