Born in Cardiff Howard Coles studied art at Cardiff College of Art, breaking his studies for a period of National Service in the Royal Navy. During a career concentrated on education he spent time living in Singapore, teaching at the Alexander Grammar School. It was here that he became interested in Malay woodcuts with their pared down images that were able to convey gesture and feeling. On returning to the UK he taught at Rufford Comprehensive in Kirby, on the Wirral before becoming Head of Art and Design at Hope University Liverpool. 

As someone who throughout his life has had a fascination for that strip of shore that fringes the sea, it is not surprising that the coastal landscape has long been a principal source of inspiration for Howard Coles. Born within a stone's throw of the tidal flats that faced the docks in Cardiff, he became ensnared by the tide and the tidemarks of a typical industrial waterway. This was his playground. This is where an appreciation grew of the way seasons and weather shaped the coast, and the effect of light on water and shore.

Now, having lived on the relatively narrow peninsula of Llŷn for over twenty years, it is still difficult to escape from the sights and sounds of the sea. For an artist who might be more sensitive than most to the tempo and dynamics of a landscape bounded by tidal waters he admits that it would be unnatural to feel diffident about the proximity of the sea, the vulnerability of its shoreline and the weather patterns which distinguishes this from the more mountainous areas of Snowdonia nearby. 

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Works on Sale

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Rogue Waves

Rogue Waves

£ 300

12 x 12" - Oil

Waves Up To No Good

Waves Up To No Good

£ 750

20 x 20" - Acrylic

High Tide Whispering In

High Tide Whispering In

£ 900

20 x 24" - Oil on Canvas

Mountain Farm, Old Sheep Dip

Mountain Farm, Old Sheep Dip

£ 450

16 x 14" - Acrylic

Evening

Evening

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16 x 14" - Oil

Lake's Edge

Lake's Edge

£ 450

30.5 x 30.5 cm - Oil on board

Summer Stream

Summer Stream

£ 350

51 x 51 cm - Acrylic on canvas

When the Wind Blows 1

When the Wind Blows 1

£ 400

30.5 x 30.5 cm - Oil on board

When the Wind Blows 2

When the Wind Blows 2

£ 400

30.5 x 30.5 cm - Oil on board