Jonathan Howse grew up in Springdale. His childhood was influenced strongly by the forests of central Newfoundland and by the Catholic imagery he often saw in his grandparents’ home. In 2003, at age 17, he moved to Metchosen, British Colombia, on Vancouver Island. This is where he first studied drawing, at Pearson College. While studying, he went on many outdoor expeditions, summiting mountains and making week-long treks.
In 2005, Jonathan was accepted into the San Francisco Art Institute in California and spent one year there studying painting. He obsessively visited all of the great San Francisco art galleries, viewing mostly pre-Renaissance religious painting, ancient Asian art and contemporary painting.
From 2006-2009 Jonathan finished his BFA at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2008, he took a few months off from his studies and moved to a remote wilderness homestead in the Yukon and learned how to dogmush. He moved back to Newfoundland in 2010, and studied painting theory at Memorial University under the Masters of Philosophy in Humanities Interdisciplinary program. He is currently based in Bonavista, NL.
“Everyday Transcendence: Jonathan Howse pursues a sacred ordinary” by Allison Graves, Visual Arts News, Fall 2017.