Raymond Howell Biography

Raymond Howell




Raymond Howell was born in Oakland, California on September 7, 1927.

A self-taught artist Howell was born in Oakland and grew up in foster homes, Mr. Howell painted many works on commission, including a huge mural at now- closed New Joe's Restaurant on Geary Street in San Francisco depicting the history of the city's Italian community.

However, Howell, an African-American artist,  is best known for his images of jazz musicians, African American culture and children at play.

In 1999, Stanford University showed a retrospective of Mr. Howell's work, which included portraits of Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and an enormous painting of the Stanford women's basketball teams that won national championships in 1990 and '92. It hangs in the cafe of the school's Arrillaga Family Sports Center.

Ray Howell was also a teacher, who in the 1960s ran Art Associates West, a gallery and art school in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

Raymond Howell died on January 6, 2002, the same day the Oakland Museum opened an exhibition of his recent works. In 1969, the museum included Mr. Howell's painting "The Brown Family" in its inaugural exhibition and eventually bought the picture for its permanent collection.

Here is a link to Raymond Howell’s obituary: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Raymond-Howell-painter-printmaker-2885033.php