Jeremy Houghton is an internationally recognized - and collected – English artist. He divides his time between creating studio pieces from photographs and sketches and, as artist in residence, producing artistic ‘documentaries’ that tell the story of a particular community and its pursuits. These have included the communities at Windsor Castle and Highgrove as well as Ben Ainslie’s team challenging for the America’s Cup, and the competitors at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Houghton is interested in going behind the scenes and beyond what people see at first glance, documenting instead the everyday scenes that characterise an event or place.
He is committed to ‘telling the untold story’ both in terms of subject matter and technique. His subjects between the iconic and the familiar, from the sailing boat challenging for the America’s Cup to a herd of cattle in his native Cotswolds. His technique also tells an untold story, including what is normally ignored or unnoticed; the ‘space between and within’ forms and objects. Alongside his brilliant draftsmanship, negative space punctuates Houghton’s works. There are areas ‘left out’ of his work, areas of white canvas, or unpainted paper. The result is unexpected and astonishing - a captivating combination of delicacy and dynamic motion which has brought Houghton international acclaim, makes his work highly collectible and means that he is in constant demand, whether for commissions or as an artist in residence.
It is a real privilege and, we think, a bit of a coup to be able to show Houghton’s work at the St Mawes’ Gallery. We are very excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to come and see some of it for yourself!