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Howson paintings stolen in house raid

FOUR paintings by the renowned Scots artist Peter Howson have been stolen from a house, police revealed last night.

Each of the 12in by 10in paintings is worth a four-figure sum, and all concern the subject "The Hardman's Face". The paintings were not in frames and police yesterday appealed for information from anyone who may have innocently bought them or has been asked to frame them. The works were taken from a house in Croftamie, near Drymen in Stirlingshire, some time between 11am and 4pm on 19 January.

Last night, police officers could not say whether or not the paintings may have been stolen to order. Howson, 50, who studied at Glasgow School of Art, is renowned for his powerful figurative work.

His pieces have sold for up to £100,000 and have been collected by celebrities such as Madonna, David Bowie and Bob Geldof. He also produced nude portraits of Madonna in 2002.Howson became established in the 1980s as one of the New Glasgow Boys, a group of painters concerned with portraying social issues.

During the Balkans conflict, Howson became the official British war artist.
He recently unveiled a new painting of Gary McKinnon, the Scot facing extradition to the US for hacking into Nasa's computer system.

reprinted from http://news.scotsman.com/

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