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Laytown Beach by Chris Howells.

Laytown Beach by Chris Howells.

Item Code : SFA0019Laytown Beach by Chris Howells. - This EditionAdd any two items on this offer to your basket, and the lower priced item will be half price in the checkout! Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price!
PRINTLimited edition of 195 prints. Image size 18 inches x 13.5 inches (46cm x 34cm)Artist : Chris HowellsHalf
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Chris Howells

Chris Howells studied Graphic Design at Stourbridge College of Art and Design and was employed as a graphic designer until becoming a full time artist 30 years ago. He is widely known for his traditional rural landscapes and paintings of horses, collectors of his paintings coming from all parts of the world. Chris had exhibited extensively and regularly in both one man and group exhibitions.

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