Ian Howard was born in Aberdeen and moved to study at Edinburgh College of Art. Upon leaving art school, Howard was granted awards and residencies enabling him to continue his practice before he returned to Aberdeen to teach at Gray’s School of Art. In his career he has held many roles in various schools and arts organisations, including DJCAD, Fruitmarket Gallery, ECA and National Galleries of Scotland. Despite his dedication to teaching and the arts, Howard maintained his status as a practising artist, specialising in painting, drawing and printmaking. Particular research interests include: art and science, alchemical symbolism, hermeticism, emblems, medieval and renaissance iconography. The artist currently lives and works in South West France.