As an artist, Howard Danelowitz is best known for his animated films and more recently as an oil painter. He has been making independent productions over 25 years. His films are distributed by the Museum of Modern Art and placed in their permanent film collection. He has been an Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, and taught at the University of the Arts and Mass College of Art. He received grants from the American Film Institute, and the New York State Council on the Arts and won awards at various film festivals including the New York Film Festival, where his film was eligible for nomination for an Academy Award. Howard's paintings are represented in public and private collections. He lives and works in New York City and Hillsdale New York.
Howard's cityscape and landscape paintings are often completed on site- en plein air. His approach is to work quickly, developing all parts of the painting surface at once. Then he goes back to the loose painting strokes, and finalizes the scene. He is particularly sensitive to optimizing his use of color, and editing out what is unimportant to the scene. In this manner, he conveys ideas simply, for maximum impact. Howard is ultimately trying to reveal something unknown. In his representational work, he is looking to interpret reality in a painterly language that highlights what is meaningful.
Howard's sky paintings are created from memory. he works quickly, with a limited range of three colors. He will rotate the painting surface, until an image appears, then continue to work from memory. This process of coaxing his imagery to appear is like watching clouds and looking for images to appear in them.
In Howard's abstract painting, he works spontaneously with color, line and shapes, following an intuitive process. He is simultaneously trying to use all his distilled knowledge as an artist, and at the same time leave it all behind. His goal is to discover something fresh, entirely new.