Ian Howard RSA, specialises in painting, drawing and printmaking. He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Edinburgh. Formerly, he was Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and a member of the Faculty of the British School at Rome; as well as the former Principal of Edinburgh College of Art.

He is interested in art and science, alchemical symbolism, hermeticism, emblems, and medieval and renaissance iconography.