Howard Milton studied painting at the Hammersmith College of Art with the influential portrait painter, Ruskin Spear. But it was Graphic Design at the London College of Printing under the tutelage of Tom Eckersley, creator of many of the UKs most iconic graphic posters, which shaped his career.
Milton came to international prominence during the 1980s UK design boom, building the brand reputations for some world-leading companies. The work and history of his company ‘Alas, Smith & Milton’ was published in 2005. In 2008 he and his partner Jay Smith were recognised for a lifetime’s contribution to British design, in the Design Council’s Prince Philip award for outstanding creativity.
He never stopped painting, and returned to it full time when he moved to Cornwall and taught at Falmouth University of Arts.
Milton has become a prolific painter over the past few years capturing the geometry of everyday life and the ever-changing atmosphere of the weather. His favourite commission subjects, the horse and hound, never stray far from his gaze.
He was elected a member of the St Ives Society of Artists earlier this year. Milton is currently exhibiting in Cornwall at the New Gallery, Portscatho and in London at the Osborne Gallery Studio, Motcomb Street, Belgravia.