Nigel Howlett wearing a hat and glasses looking to the side

Nigel Howlett

Faceless subjects speak volumes.

“We always project onto forms and characters, the more simple they are the easier this becomes.”

Nigel Howlett’s paintings and drawings are funny-yet-tender reflections on life. The cartoonish protagonist is an androgynous figure in a near-constant state of melodrama. It sits with its head in hands. Sometimes slumped, sometimes praying. Cartoons, Surrealism and Adam Curtis documentaries are few key inspirations. Taking prompt from these, Howlett’s work is intentionally universal. “We always p...

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Nigel Howlett was born in 1979 in Croydon, UK, and now lives and works in London.


Howlett’s 2021 exhibition The Face Before You Were Born at Ojiri Gallery, close to his East London studio, represented a solo show debut and documented his transition to painting in oils.

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The artist's enigmatic faceless figure first appeared during the Covid-19 pandemic, embodying the social isolation and emotional toll of quarantine life.

Collaborations with Nigel Howlett

Avant Arte and Nigel Howlett have one upcoming collaboration.