MAURICE HOWARD was born in Waco, Texas and raised in Southern California. When he was three years old, his family relocated to France, where his father served in the military. After a few years in Europe, they returned to the United States.
At the age of 19, Howard became inspired to paint. He attended several independent art schools and later enrolled into Cal State Fullerton College, where he majored in art illustration. After completing college, he was hired by Hanna-Barbera Production Studio, as an “In-betweener” in the animation department.
Inspired by Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher and African-American graphic artist and painter Charles White, Howard’s style of work can be viewed across the board, from realism to surrealism. Using a mixture of pencil, acrylic and oil, he creates rich images and stunning abstracts that are exceptionally unique. Once you view his work for an extended time, a mysterious image appears under his continuous layers of lines and curves.
In 1982, Howard was commissioned by the City of Hollywood to create a mural. His popular mural image of the “Melrose Clown,” was not only seen in the community, but viewed in two major films, “The Last Dragon” and “Rhythm Of The Night.”
Today, Maurice credits much of his success to his mentor and world-renowned artist Charles Bibbs, who has given him continued support and motivation. Maurice is currently serving as a member of Art2000 Visual Artists Association, an organization founded by Charles Bibbs to support young and emerging artists.
“For me, I am interested in stepping out on faith, which is pivotal in my life as an artist. Without faith, the road leads you to nowhere. At some point, you have to allow whatever is inside you to guide you. As ideas come to me, like a plant, my inspirations grow from there.” - Maurice Howard
contact Maurice at: uartgallery.com