Born in 1937 in Sioux City, Iowa, the late Frank Howell spent his early childhood drawing sketches of the people and places around him. As an adult, his lyrical, artistic interpretations of faces and landscapes employed a visual representation of the wind as it sweeps across time: past, present and future. He viewed his images as universal symbols.. a kind of visual mythology that reaches out and spiritually awakens the observer. Perhaps influenced by his Lakota Sioux ancestry, much of Frank’s work reflected a love and respect for the Native American cultures.
Well educated, Frank received an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, did graduate work at the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa and later studied at the Chicago Art Institute. In addition to being an artist and businessman, his background included service in the Marine Corp. and teaching art on both the high school and college level. In the seventies, Frank moved to the Cherry Hills area of Denver. For the next ten years, Frank broadened his technical skills and experimented with subject matter. In 1986, Frank moved to Santa Fe, where he continued his artwork while operating the current Frank Howell Gallery.
As an extraordinarily skilled artist, Frank Howell widely exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the U.S., as well as Mexico. His work is included in numerous private and corporate collections all over the world. He has also been the subject of many magazine and newspaper articles, television profiles and documentaries. The country grieved when this Southwestern artist passed away in November of 1997. Frank’s art, in all its forms, is now sought by collectors and other admirers of his warm, symbolic expressions.