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Howard Tangye

(1948-), Artist, designer and teacher

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Richard Nicoll, by Howard Tangye - NPG 7078

Richard Nicoll

by Howard Tangye
mixed media on 'Grey Board', 1999
NPG 7078

Richard Malone, by Howard Tangye - NPG 7080

Richard Malone

by Howard Tangye
mixed media on paper, 2015
NPG 7080

Richard Nicoll, by Howard Tangye - NPG 7079

Richard Nicoll

by Howard Tangye
mixed media on Bockingford paper, 2016
NPG 7079

Amar Singh, by Howard Tangye - NPG 7137

Amar Singh

by Howard Tangye
oil paint and pastel on Fabriano paper, 2022
NPG 7137

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Rupert Martin

07 March 2020, 16:29

Howard Tangye (b. 1948, Australia) is known for his work as an artist, designer and teacher within the world of fashion. He was Head of Womenswear at Central St Martins in London for sixteen years, retiring in December 2014. During a wide-ranging career he has taught leading designers and artists such as John Galliano, Hussein Chalayalan, Stella McCartney, Zac Posen, Christopher Kane, Richard Nicoll and Julie Verhoeven, amongst others. Tangye himself studied at St. Martin’s School of Art in the 1970s, where he was taught by the influential fashion illustrator Elizabeth Suter, and later completed postgraduate studies at Parsons School of Design in New York where he was taught by the equally influential Barbara Pearlman.

Tangye’s work conveys the debt that contemporary fashion drawing owes to traditional figure and portrait studies. His dynamic and expressive compositions demonstrate the profound ability of drawing to bring form and definition to those thoughts, gestures and moments that occupy the spaces left uncharted by the gaze of the camera lens. Employing a decisive line and bold applications of richly- layered oil pastel, pencil, chalk and other media - these studies from life help to articulate how the process of drawing offers a freedom to examine texture, detail, colour and materiality in a way that photography sometimes cannot. While Tangye's drawings are associated with the fashion world, he stresses that he is not a fashion illustrator; his primary focus is on the body and his works are independent drawings rather than illustrations.