Ken Howard studied at Hornsey School of Art. He undertook his National Service with the Royal Marines before returning to study at the Royal College of Art.
Howard's first solo show was held at the Plymouth Art Centre in 1955. He was given a retrospective in 1972 at the Plymouth City Art Gallery. Howard was elected a amember of the New English Art Club in 1962, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1966, the Royal Sociey of Painters in Watercolours in 1979, the Royal West of England Academy 1981, Honorary Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1988, Royal Academician in 1991 and President of the New English Art Club in 1998. Ken Howard lives and works in London.