Peter Howson OBE (b.1958) is a contemporary British artist and leading figure of the Scottish figurative painting movement of the 1980s. Born in London, he studied at the Glasgow School of Art.
His work is influenced by traditional graphic illustration and printmaking as well as contemporary figurative painters such as Johannes Grützke and Francis Bacon. Howson draws from his own life to inform his work, channeling his firsthand experiences with mental illness and war through haunting and violent images.
He notably served as Britain’s official war artist during the 1993 Bosnian Civil War, traveling and documenting the horrors of armed conflict, with his paintings regularly appearing in the London Times. Howson is the recipient of numerous honours and awards for his contributions to the visual arts, notably the Order of the British Empire (OBE) (which he returned to the Queen in 2014 due to his being uncomfortable with British foreign policy).