Ken Howard is one of Britains leading contemporary painters. He is known for his paintings of studio nudes, scenes of London, and most famously of Venice, where he spends a large part of the year drawing and painting in situ.For Howard, Venice offers the perfect setting in which to explore its unique light and shimmering waterways. He strives to capture the very essence of a place in his rapidly executed impressionistic cityscapes.For me painting is about three things. It is about revelation, communication and celebration. By revelation I mean giving people a way of seeing, revealing the world around them in a way they have never seen before, opening their eyes.Ken Howards work is exhibited widely and he has achieved the highest merits for his paintings. He was elected as a member of the Royal Academy in 1991 and was awarded an OBE in 2010.