Other Kinds of Perfection

Sound and Vision by Stuart Howland
19.5″x22.5″; mixed media paper collage: including pressed cardboard, magazine cut, ballpoint pen doodles; 2017
Courtesy of the Michelle Kunes Howland.


The Art of Stuart Howland (1957-2018)

Stuart Howland had a special way of navigating life through his art. His environment, beekeeping, teaching, reading, traveling, friends, and family sparked his creativity resulting in a world full of imagery, curiosity, happiness, and self-discovery. Like many artists, we seek ways to be engaged in the creative process and maintain our studio practice when life takes over. The beauty of Howland’s work was that it was full of life. He had a gift for sharing his visual stories for others to read. Frank Juarez remembers the collagist in KOLAJ #27.

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The Strenuous Thrust of Life (detail) by Stuart Howland
Courtesy of the artist.

“Howland’s studio practice was influenced by world art: art from different cultures, western art, Asian art, outsider art, high art, low art, children’s art, and comic strips, especially Krazy Kat by George Herriman. He would pair everyday objects with art historical references throughout his work…Despite the diversity in imagery, for Howland there was a connection. A connection that made his collage work investigative, complex, and playful.”

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Stuart Howland (1957-2018) grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and held a BA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and an MFA and a certificate in art education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During his career, he taught visual arts to junior high and high school students in Milwaukee and Sheboygan, as well as teaching drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Cardinal Stritch University. To see more of Howland’s work, search for “Stuart Howland” on Art Dose Magazine’s website, www.artdosemagazine.com.