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Artist Profile: Howard Brough and the Comically Grotesque


For years, Howard Brough helped artists hang their work at the Salt Lake City Library. Measuring twice before nailing, righting a frame with a level, carefully adjusting lighting . . . scores of local artists can attest that his work was meticulous. But by his own admission it was not always wholehearted. “It was great to be around this interesting work,” he says of his years as gallery director, “but you say to yourself, ‘I’m not producing, I’m too busy working to pursue my own work,’ and you can’t help but feel some resentment that someone else is able to.”

Now, two years into retirement, Brough returns to the Gallery at Library Square with an exhibition of his own — dozens of works in graphite, ink and paint on clayboard, gessoboard and canvas, all executed in a style that makes them appear like the comically grotesque spawn of Sophocles and Daffy Duck.

Read our profile of Howard Brough in the May 2014 edition of 15 Bytes

The founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in English, French and Italian Literature and studied Comparative Literature in graduate school before pursuing a career in art.

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