E.J. Howorth, "Back Garden," 2003, bubble jet print and silkscreen on paper, 14.5" x 40".
E. J. HOWORTH
By Janice Rosen
Incorporating the advanced technology of bubble jet printing with the ancient technique of screen-printing, E. J. (Ted) Howorth creates lush images in which he uses “an implied but non-directive narrative to create an ambience rather than directing the viewer’s interpretation.” The setting for many of his images is the Grand Marais area on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. The atmosphere Howorth creates is compelling in its lushness, its attention to detail, and its hyper-real colour and depth. Back Garden, shown here, seems at first to be a colour-saturated photograph, but upon close inspection, the dots making up the screen print dissolve the image from the high resolution centre to a more graphically primitive state along its outer edges. Howorth was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995. He is currently a full-time lecturer in printmaking and drawing at the University of Manitoba. A solo show of Howorth’s work runs through March and April at Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg. He is also represented at the Site Gallery in Winnipeg, and the Open Studio in Toronto.