|Recent Works by Raymond Howell, an exhibition of approximately 15 works by the Oakland painter and printmaker,includes works in oil, mixed media and silkscreen include street scenes and portraits of
jazz musicians and African American children.|
Oakland painter and printmaker Raymond Howell died suddenly Sunday morning, 6 January, the day after the opening of the exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California. He was 74. Howell had been a fixture of the Bay Area art scene for more than 40 years, and his 1965 painting The Brown Family was shown at the opening of the Oakland Museum and was later purchased for the museum collection.
Raymond Howell began painting when there was little public interest in African American art, and he tried during his lifetime to serve as a role model for artists in bringing images of African American culture to a larger public. He was especially committed to promoting arts education opportunities for minority children.