Meet Our Artists: Telling the Untold Story with Jeremy Houghton

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!

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About Jeremy Houghton 

Born in 1974, UK artist Houghton grew up in the Cotswolds, in the village of Broadway. He gained a law degree before training as an artist first in London, at the Slade School of Art, and then at the University of Provence. He spent the next five years in South Africa, as Head of Fine Art at a secondary school, the International School of Cape Town, before returning to his native Broadway in 2000. He began painting full time at around the age of 30.

 

By 2009 he was already a successful artist but he gained prominence when he was commissioned to paint the Queen presenting a new, 500th anniversary standard to Her Majesty’s Gentlemen at Arms. A solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery followed in 2010 and led to exhibitions in Johannesburg and New Delhi, (in 2011 and 2012) as well as an official artist’s position with the competitors at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. In 2013 Houghton became artist in residence at Highgrove and Tour Artist for the Aston Martin Centenary Tour of Europe. (He drove with the Tour during the day and painted each night.) In 2015 he was artist in residence at Windsor Castle and the following year, artist in residence at Goodwood. 2016 saw him become artist in residence for the James Hunt Estate, 2016 - 2017, for Land Rover and Ben Ainslie Racing, America’s cup and, in 2017, for the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.

 

James Houghton lives and works in Broadway, (when he is not artist in residence elsewhere!), with his wife and two daughters.

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What to Expect

 

Although his focus covers a wide range of subjects, from sports to portraiture and from nature to community activities and his style varies from semi-abstract to representational, his technique is consistent and what is most noticeable, of course, is his signature use of ‘negative space’.

 

In creating these areas of emptiness, Houghton draws from the Japanese concept of ‘Ma’:

“...roughly translated as "gap", "space", "pause" or "the space between two structural parts."[1][2][3][4] The spatial concept is experienced progressively through intervals of spatial designation. In Japanese, ma, the word for space, suggests interval. It is best described as a consciousness of place, not in the sense of an enclosed three-dimensional entity, but rather the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form deriving from an intensification of vision.

Ma is not something that is created by compositional elements; it takes place in the imagination of the human who experiences these elements. Therefore, ma can be defined as experiential place understood with emphasis on interval,” (Wikipedia).

The absence of the medium in Houghton’s work represents both light and the space that exists between things, a space that cannot be experienced when a canvas is entirely filled with paint. Jeremy Houghton, however, allows the ‘space between’ to balance the concrete shapes and forms of his subject matter and to infer all that is not seen, emotion, tension, reflection ... all that our empathy or imagination are able to supply. And perhaps it is what we are allowed to supply to his works ourselves that makes viewing them so deeply rewarding.

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Our Featured Work by Jeremy Houghton

 

We offer a small but truly representational selection of Jeremy Houghton work; whether you are thinking about buying a piece or you would just like to taking the opportunity view the work of this unique artist, we hope you will stop by.