Jeremy Houghton is a British painter who grew up surrounded by horses and equestrian pursuits in the Cotswolds. His work attempts to capture movement. With a career marked by contrasting experiences and places (he studied in France and then worked for a number of years in South Africa), as well as a long-standing commitment to the countryside, Houghton's work spans a broad spectrum – from the arresting drama of dynamic sports to the quiet, unhurried pace of traditional rural life. Regardless of subject, there is always an enthusiasm for communicating the individual qualities of a person, event or place.
Since he began to paint full-time in the mid-2000s, Houghton has divided his practice between creating standalone pieces in the studio using reference photographs and sketches, and producing work via documentary residences. Over the last ten years he has been invited to detail the life of a number of high-profile communities, from those at Windsor Castle and Highgrove to this year's Wimbledon championships, and the competitors at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. With each of these projects Houghton is interested in getting beyond public perception, documenting instead the everyday scenes that characterise an event or place.
Although Houghton's focus ranges quite widely, his technique remains a constant. His precise deployment of areas of white canvas, or unpainted paper, against areas of liquid colour enables his subjects to shimmer in the liminal territory between figuration and abstraction. With extraneous detail removed, the paintings are also hard to place, giving them an ahistorical quality that serves to underline their fluidity.
Houghton continually explores the potential of negative space to represent light, and often references ma, the concept in Japanese aesthetics that translates roughly as 'gap' or 'pause', and which in traditional practice helps balance the relationship between different areas of an image. This focus on the space between things lends his paintings, even when they are of something as solid as a bullock or a racing boat, a surprising delicacy. Houghton holds his subjects on a very thin, almost invisible line between motion and the ability to transcend time.
To learn more about Jeremy and his work please follow the link to his website www.jeremyhoughton.co.uk
2017 Championship Artist for Wimbledon
Official Artist for Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing and the 35th America’s Cup
2016 Artist in Residence for the James Hunt Estate – 40th anniversary James’ F1 championship
2015 Artist in Residence at Goodwood for Lord March.
2014 Artist in Residence at Windsor Castle for HM The Queen.
Solo Show. 10 Year Retrospective. The Ashmolean Museum, Broadway.
2013 Tour Artist for the Aston Martin Centenary Tour of Europe.
Artist in Residence at Highgrove for HRH The Prince of Wales.
2012 Official Olympic Artist for London 2012.
Award. ‘Best Sporting Artist’. S.E.A. (Prize: Commission to paint Frankel)
2011. Solo Show. ‘In The Pink’. Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, RSA.
2010 Solo Show. ‘Think Pink’. The Saatchi Gallery, London.
2009 Commission to paint HM The Queen. (For The Gentlemen at Arms’ Quincentenary).
2008 Official Artist. London Fashion Week.
00-05 Head of Art. International School of Cape Town.
98-00 Studied art at The Slade and The University of Provence.