See stress-busting paintings at Warwick cafe

BUDDHIST ephemera pervade the work of Warwickshire Artist member Howard Watson, whose work is on display at a Warwick cafe.

Although his abstract art is thoroughly modern, he calls himself a “die-hard traditionalist” when it comes to the nuts and bolts of creative art.

He says his desire is to use colour to radiate feeling and ambience driven by Buddhist philosophy.

His studio in Shipston-on-Stour is dotted with Buddhist ephemera to create what he calls a “pure and meditative” aura for his creative output.

He said: “Like music, these influences radiate atmosphere for me.

“Colour has a life of its own. I hope my work radiates a tranquillity which can remove stress from the environment into which it is placed.”

He cites the 1950s American abstract expressionists Martin, Motherwell, Rothko, Newman and Olitski as his influences.

Art has been a major part of Howard’s life and in his younger days of full time employment, he put his talent to use in commercial art and exhibition stand design.

He has now exhibited at galleries all over Britain and has received many commissions, both public and private.

People can see his work at Pastelaria Portuguesa in Coten End until January 31. The cafe is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, Saturdays 9am to 5pm and on Sundays from 9am to 3pm.

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