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Artist, writer and teacher Glenn Edward Howarth was born in Vegreville, Alberta on September 1, 1946. Howarth moved to Victoria to study art at the University of Victoria. In 1982 he had one daughter, Rhiannon Williams, with his first wife Elizabeth Williams. His long-time partner Deborah Russell had two children. Glenn Howarth died in Victoria, B.C. on July 26, 2009.
In 1970, Howarth graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UVic. After graduation Howarth worked as an art critic, writing regular articles for both the Victoria Daily Times (1970-1973)and the Montreal Star (1970-1971).
Throughout his career as an artist, Howarthwas honoured with many exhibitions including one-man shows at Bau-Xi Gallery (1975, 1976) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1977, 1985) and group shows at AGGV (1974, 1975, 1976, 1990, 1997, 1999), Vancouver Art Gallery (1978, 1978-79, 1990) and Maltwood Art Gallery (1984, 1991). In 1978, Howard was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 1983 he was chosen as Canadian Commissioner at the Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil and had his works shown along with three other Canadian computer artists.
Howarth’s artwork consists primarily of expressive, figurative paintings and drawings, as well as computer artworks. His works can be found in private, public and corporate collections across Canada, including the Canada Council National Collection, B.C. Provincial Collection, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, University of Victoria, Esso Resources Calgary Ltd.,and B.C. Ferries Corporation.
For many years, Howarth was an art educator. He taught drawing, painting, computer arts and art history at several Canadian universities and colleges, including Acadia University, University of Victoria, Banff School of Fine Arts, University of Saskatchewan, and Victoria College of Art. Howarth also guest lectured at many schools including Ontario College of Art and Design, York University and Alberta College. From his personal studios in Fan Tan Alley, Brentwood Bay and Curtis Point, Howarth also taught drawing and painting to numerous students, and in 1987 founded the Victoria Drawing Academy.