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British artist Jeremy Houghton paints incredible journeys, favouring themes of light, space and passages of time. The subjects that characterise these scenes are illuminated by his focus on the spaces in which bodies linger, shimmer, move and often take flight. Houghton’s signature flamingo portfolio started during his first residency in South Africa where his paintings were used to raise awareness of these eye catching endangered birds. A recent visit to the Kalahari Desert in 2023 has inspired a new collection elevated with gold leaf as a comment on the rarity of the species.

Whilst the majority of Houghton’s studio practice focuses on his ongoing flamingo collection, over the last 20 years he has also been artist in residence for a number of high-profile communities, from those at Windsor Castle for HM Queen Elizabeth II to 2017’s Wimbledon championships, and the competitors at the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games. These tonal works use a reduced palette to research the representation of movement, both physically and of time.

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’, which in traditional practice helps balance the relationship between different areas of an image. This enables his subjects to glimmer in the liminal territory between figuration and abstraction.

 

Residency Dates

2024
Artist in Residence for Gifford’s Circus

2023
Artist in Residence for the Northampton Saints

2022
Official Artist for the Falkland’s 40th Anniversary

2021
The Lygon Arms, Broadway

2019
Artist in Residence for the Scouts

2018
Official Artist for the RAF Centenary

2017
Championship Artist, Wimbledon

2016-2017
Artist in Residence for the America’s Cup

2016
Official Artist for the James Hunt Estate

2015
Artist in Residence at Goodwood for the Duke of Richmond

2014
Artist in Residence at Windsor Castle for Her Majesty The Queen

2013
Artist in Residence at Highgrove for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

2012
Official Artist for the London Olympic Games

2011
Artist in Residence, Kamfer’s Dam, South Africa

2009
Artist in Residence for HM The Queen’s Ceremonial Bodyguard  at St. James’s Palace.

2008
Official Artist, London Fashion Week

2004
Artist in Residence, Rorke’s Drift, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Education

2017
MA by Research, Fine Art, University of Gloucestershire, UK

2013
Postgraduate Diploma, Fine Art, University of Gloucestershire, UK

1999
BA in Fine Art, University of Aix Marseille, France (unfinished due to job offer in Cape Town)

1998
Summer Foundation course, The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK

1993–1996
LLB Honours, Law, University of Exeter, UK