Howson’s ‘Nimrod the Hunter’ measures six feet in height and is the most recent in the troubled artist’s biblical series.
Art boss delighted
Gallery boss Bryan Ross is delighted an artist of Howson’s stature has chosen his gallery to premier his new work.
He said: “We’ve had a good working relationship with Mr Howson for a couple of years now and I’ve sold a good few of his paintings.
“When I fist saw the Nimrod I was totally blown away. It certainly has that ‘wow’ factor that art collectors look for.
“The painting has a five-figure price tag on it, and even though we’ve only had it for a couple of days I’ve already had three firm notes of interest.
“The painting was only completed last Friday, and I’m delighted Mr Howson has chosen my gallery to show and, hopefully, sell it.”
Howson’s powerful, figurative work has seen him become one of Britain’s foremost artists of his generation.
He claims he has become so enraged that he has been on the point of strangling people before pulling back from the urge.
Several of his best-known works depict violent characters and he said he believed violent men may be drawn to them.