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This is a unique, intimate exploration of a single oil painting and the first major film to reveal the motive and techniques behind each stroke of paint as the artist is creating.
Filmed over four intensive months what starts as a blank canvas, emerges Peter Howson’s monumental oil painting 'Prophecy'
As Howson labours, we are granted unique insight into his mind. revealing a troubled, yet surprisingly humorous man. Working from his imagination, Howson draws inspiration from his heroes Goya, DaVinci, Brugel and El Greco.
The film sticks deliberately to the frame work of the painting itself; observing the canvas mounting onto a wooden stretcher, through its turbulent creation in the artist’s Glasgow studio, across the Atlantic to its first public exhibition in NYC and then its final destination on the wall of an art collector in London.
Inventive filming techniques and hypnotic camera work make the invisible, visible, revealing how unseen images in the artist’s head are transferred to canvas. We discover the intentions and difficulties that push his creative output and how he achieves this ambitious, masterful, detailed large canvas.
This film draws us right into the artist’s eye, magnifying the apocalyptic world of Peter Howson’s painting 'Prophecy'


Type of film
Running Time
78 mins
HD digital
Charlie Paul
Lucy Paul
Executive Producer
Lucy Paul, Mark Thomas, Ewan Angus
Joby Gee
Director of Photography
Charlie Paul
Film Image
© Charlie Paul


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Last updated 15th November 2017

Production Company

Itch Film
Lucy Paul
1 Mackenzie Road
N7 8QZ