Joe Howe was born in Massachusetts in 1930, and began working at then “Gateway Crafts” in the early 1970’s, spending several years exploring weaving, pottery, and art making. After exploring other occupational opportunities, Howe returned to Gateway Arts in 1996.
Howe is gregarious, though non-verbal from birth, he is well known by people in his neighborhood where for many years he walked everywhere and got to know everyone. The few words that he can say have to do with his fantasies of traveling the world, words like “far-far” and “one thousand miles.” Howe has grand ideas about his artwork as well, seeing his wood pieces almost as models for much larger constructions. He still maintains his interest in making art, though his expression is limited to painting and making small sculptures in clay.
In Massachusetts Howe’s work has been shown in the Gateway Gallery, Drive-by Projects, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Berenberg Gallery, and Lincoln Gallery. In New York, his work has been shown at Pier 60, the Outsider Art Fair and White Columns. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Everything in London, England.