Professor Emeritus Howard Riley
Professor Emeritus Howard Riley PhD MA(RCA) CertDes FRSA FHEA
Professor Emeritus Howard Riley PhD MA(RCA) CertDes FRSA FHEA studied at the Hammersmith College of Art, Coventry College of Art, and the Royal College of Art. He holds a doctorate of the University of Wales in the practice and pedagogy of drawing. He taught at various art schools in London before taking up a post in the School of Art and Design, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, where he studied with Professor Michael O’Toole, a pioneer of visual semiotics at Murdoch University in Perth. Riley has published in the areas of drawing pedagogy, visual semiotics, generative art and multi-modality. Academic papers at: https://researchgate.net/profile/Howard_Riley
Th WordPress site https://howardriley.wordpress.com shows drawings which have been exhibited in Australia, Malaysia, Finland, the USA and the UK. Riley recently retired as Professor of Visual Communication and Head of the School of Research and Postgraduate Studies (2004-2014) at the Swansea College of Art.
Publications 2008 - present
- “An Art Pedagogy for a Changing Artworld”. In The International Journal of the Arts in Society. Vol.2 Issue 5 2008 pp63-66.
- “Drawing: Towards an Intelligence of Seeing”. Chapter in Garner, S. (ed.) 2008 Writing on Drawing: Essays on Drawing Practice and Research. Bristol/Chicago: Intellect/Univ. of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-1-84150-200-7.
- “Drawing and Dyslexia: Some Recent Research”. Co-author Rankin, Q. In Brunswick, N. (ed.) 2009 The Dyslexia Handbook 2009-10. Bracknell: British Dyslexia Association. pp174-180. ISBN 978-1-872653-50-1.
- “Towards a Syntax of Visual Delight”. In Tracey: The Online Journal of Drawing Research. May 2009 http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ac/tracey/edu/riley.html.
- “Making Sense of Art: The Relationship between Art Criticism and Theories of Visual Hermeneutics”. In The International Journal of the Arts in Society. Vol.4 Issue 1 2009 pp1-6.
- “A Systemic-Functional Semiotic Model for the Analysis of Image/Text Works”. Co-author O’Donohoe, E. In Tarasti, E. (ed.) 2009 Communication:Understanding/Misunderstanding.Proceedings of the 9th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS) June 2007. Vol.2. Helsinki/Imatra:University of Helsinki/International Semiotics Institute, Imatra, Finland. pp1209-1217. ISBN 978-952-5431-22-3.
- “Art Students Who Cannot Draw: Exploring the Relations between Drawing Ability, Visual Memory, Accuracy of Copying, and Dyslexia..” Co-authors McManus, I.C., Chamberlain, R., Loo, P-W., Rankin, Q., Brunswick, N. In Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. The Journal of the American Psychology Association. 2010. Vol.4 No.1 pp18-30.
- “Perception-Surface-Contrast: Recent Paintings by Howard Taylor.” In Sheerer, D. (ed.) 2010 Howard Taylor: A Major Exhibition of Three-Dimensional Works, and Associated Paintings and Drawings. Catalogue of Exhibition .Perth, Western Australia : Galerie Dusseldorf. Feb-April 2010.
- “A Journey Through Space”. In Haslett, S.K. (ed.) 2010 Linking Research & Teaching in Wales. York: Higher Education Academy. pp47-49. ISBN 978-1-907207-20-4.
- “Relational Art as Social Semiotic”. In The International Journal of the Arts in Society. Vol 6 Issue 3, 2011 pp21-32.
- “Making an Essay: Inclusive Learning, a New Assessment for Visual Learners”. Co-author, Davies, M. 2011 In Journal of Writing in Creative Practice Vol. 4 No. 2, pp153-176.
- “On the Structure of Textual and Visual Dissertations”. Co-authors Davies, M. and Hazel, P. 2011. In Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. Vol. 4 No. 2 pp239-259.
- “Drawing at the Critical Edge: A Systemic-functional Approach to the Analysis of Visual Work”. Co-author Roberts, A. In Schmidt, F.A. (ed.)2012 Edge of Our Thinking: Research in Art & Design. London: Royal College of Art. pp56-63.
- “The Perceptual Foundations of Drawing Ability”. Co-authors Chamberlain, R., McManus, C., Rankin, Q. and Brunswick, N. In Kantrowitz, A., Brew, A. and Fava, M. (eds.) 2011 Thinking Through Drawing: Practice into Knowledge. New York City: Columbia University.
- “The Social Semiotic Potential of Gestural Drawing”. Co-author Roberts, A. 2012. In Journal of Visual Arts Practice. Vol.11 No.1 pp 63-73.
- Journal guest editor Howard Riley.
- “Drawing as Worldmaking: Revitalising the Life Room”. Co-author Roberts, A. Paper presented at the Drawing Research Network conference, Loughborough Univ., Sept 2012. In Tracey. The Online Journal of Drawing Research. Available at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sota/tracey/journal/edu/2013/riley-roberts.html
- “Learning to Perceive: Informing Pedagogical Practice Through the Empirical Study of Drawing”. Co-authors Rankin, Q., Chamberlain, R., McManus, C., Brunswick, N. In Kantrowitz, A., Brew, A., Fava, M. (eds.) 2013 Thinking Through Drawing: Practice into Knowledge. Wimbledon College of Art.
- “Visual Art and Social Structure: The Social Semiotics of Relational Art”. In Visual Communication. Vol.12 Issue 2. 2013 pp207-216.
- “Bridging Civilisations: The Application of Systemic-Functional Semiotics in the Comparison of Drawings from China and Europe”. Co-author Roberts, A. In Chinese Semiotic Studies. Vol.10 No.2 2014. pp.53-69.
- “Channels of Vision and the Poetics of Drawing: Strategies for Teaching.” In Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. Vol.12 No. 3. 2013.
- “Local Processing Enhancements Associated with Superior Observational Drawing are Due to Enhanced Perceptual Functioning, Not Weak Central Coherence”. Co-authors Chamberlain, R., McManus, C., Brunswick, N., Rankin, Q. In The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Vol.66 2013. pp1448-1466.
- “Cain’s House Task Revisited and Revived: Extending Theory and Methodology for Quantifying Drawing Accuracy”. Co-authors Chamberlain, R., McManus, C., Brunswick, N., Rankin, Q. In Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. The Journal of the American Psychology Association. 2013
- “Towards a Multimodal Model for the Teaching and Production of Narrative Film”. Co-author Hughes, A.U. Chapter in Montagna, E. (ed.) 2013 Readings in Intersemiosis and Multimedia. Como/Pavia: Ibis publishing. pp133-147. ISBN 978-88-71644325
- “Drawing and Emerging Research: The Acquisition of Experiential Knowledge through Drawing as a Methodological Strategy”. Co-author Roberts, A. In Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. Vol. 2014.
- “The Gendered Image: Deconstructing Life Drawing”. Co-author Roberts, A. In The International Journal of the Image. Vol. 4 pp77-86. 2014.
- “Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain: A Voxel-based Morphometry Analysis of Observational Drawing”. Co-authors Chamberlain, R., McManus, C., Brunswick, N., Rankin, Q., Kanai, R. In Neuroimage. Vol. 96 pp167-173.
- “Analysing Pictures: A Systemic-functional Semiotic Model for Drawing”. Chapter in Christie, C. and Maiorani, A. (eds.) 2014 Analysing Multimodal Discourse: Systemic Functional Linguistics meets Pragmatics. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-82523-8
- “Scratching the Surface: Learning Styles. Training and the Acquisition of High-level Representational Drawing Skills.” Co-authors Chamberlain, R., McManus, C., Brunswick, N. and Rankin, Q. In Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. Vol. 9, 2015.
- “Seeing Into Drawing”. In Art & Perception. Vol.4 pp57-71. 2016
- “Interpreting Pictures: A Systemic-Functional Semiotic Model for Visual Imagery”. In Bankov, K. (ed.) New Semiotics: Between Tradition and Innovation. Proceedings of the 12th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS). Sofia, Bulgaria: IASS & NBU Publishing House. Online at: http://www.iass-ais.org/proceedings2014/view_lesson.php?id=142
- “Visual Delight: Resolving the Tensions between the Perceptions of Surface Qualities and Illusory Depth in Drawings”. In International Journal of the Arts in Society. Forthcoming 2016.
- “The Ontology of Drawing. Nurturing an Intelligence of Seeing in Art Students”. Keynote address to the workshop The Genesis of Graphic Skill: Phylogenetic and Ontogenetic Perspectives, at the 3rd International Conference on Interactivity, Language and Cognition. The Knowledge Lab, University College London, July 2016.
- “Are Portrait Artists Superior Face Recognisers? Limited Impact of Adult Experience on Face Recognition Ability”. Co-authors Tree, J., Horry, R., Wilmer, J. In Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. Vol. 43. 2017. pp667-676.
- “Talking the Line: Inclusive Strategies for the Teaching of Drawing”. Co-authors Rankin, Q., Brunswick, N., McManus, C. and Chamberlain, R. In Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice. Vol. 2 No. 2. 2017. pp287-304.
- “Drawing as Driver of Creativity: Nurturing an Intelligence of Seeing in Art Students”. In International Journal of Art & Design Education. Vol. 36 No. 3. 2017. pp273-280.
- “Aesthetic Cognitivism: Towards a Concise Case for Doctoral Research through Practices in the Visual Arts”. In Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. (Online publ. 20 Feb. 2018).
- “Drawing Rocks! No, Really…” Thinking Through Drawing Symposium, BFI, South Bank, London, June 2018. Online: https://www.thinkingthroughdrawing.org/drawing-rocks.html
- “Bridging the Gap: Connecting Conceptual Intrigue and Perceptual Intrigue within Drawing Practice”. In Tracey. The Online Journal of Contemporary Drawing Research.
- Oct. 2018. ISSN 1742-3570. Available at: <https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/TRACEY/article/view/2539>.
- “Drawing as Language. The Systemic-Functional Semiotic Argument”. In Journal of Visual Arts Practice. (Forthcoming 2019).
- Pre-Occupations . Group show, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea 1996.
- Pre-Occupations. Group show, Haameliina, Finland 1997.
- Glynn Vivian Open Exhibition, Swansea, 1998.
- Glynn Vivian Open Exhibition, Swansea, 1999.
- Glynn Vivian Open Exhibition, Swansea, 2002.
- Drawing – The Process. National touring group exhibition. UK. 2003-04.
- Past, Present and Future: 150 Years of the Swansea School of Art. Group show, Deffet Francis Gallery, Swansea, 2003. Curator and participant.
- Glynn Vivian Open Exhibition, Swansea, 2004
- Wales Drawing/Arlunio Cymru 2005-06. National touring group show, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wrexham Arts Centre 2005-06.
- On Drawing. Opus Group show, Elysium Artspace, Swansea. November 2008.
- What Will Be Seen. Opus Group show, Bay Art Gallery, Cardiff, May-June 2010.
- VEND. Opus Group show, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, December 2010.
- TEXTure. Group show, Oriel Dynevor Gallery, Swansea, March-April 2013.
- Everyone Everything. Opus Group show, The Ragged School Gallery, Swansea, September 2013.
- Visual Science in Art. Group show, Centre for the Promotion of Science, Belgrade, August 2014. http://ecvp2014.org/vsac/Discussion_forum.asp
- From Here and There: Drawings from Swansea and Colorado. Group show, Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, US. September/October 2014. Elysium Gallery, Swansea, December 2014.
Professor Riley co-ordinated the Faculty submissions to RAE 2008 and REF 2014.
A series of drawing workshops held at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in collaboration with Qona Rankin, dyslexia coordinator, RCA, 2012, 2015, 2016.
Drawing & Dyslexia Research Group
A series of publications co-authored with members of the research group from the Royal College of Art, University College London, Middlesex University and the University of Leuven.
Thinking Through Drawing
Contributions to the series of conferences and events Thinking Through Drawing, held at Wimbledon college of Art, Loughborough College of Art & Design, and Columbia University, NYC.
Drawing Research Network
Contributions to the series of conferences held in Loughborough, Brighton, London and New York, culminating in joint-authored articles on the pedagogy of drawing published in Tracey: The Online Journal of Drawing Research.