Early in his career Howard was captivated by Italian Quattrocento artists such as Piero della Francesca and their dedication to perspective and measurement.
By placing objects in unnerving relation to each other within a composition Howard creates 'visual puzzles' which challenge our sense of space. The towers in this picture inhabit a fantastical world that refers to the architecture and scientific enquiry of classical antiquity and the Renaissance.
Howard stated: 'I can see a network of connections that are important to my work from Piero through to Picasso and up to the work of contemporary artists. For example, Piero made great use of positive/negative contrasts - light against dark, dark against light. The same complex interplay of tone, line and shape occurs regularly in Picasso and in early Pollocks.'