I’ve been following artist Jeremy Houghton on Instagram since he reached out to me earlier this year inviting me to a dinner at his gallery in the Cotswolds. Unfortunately I was out of the country at the time of the event, but did get to Jeremy’s gallery over the summer while I was holidaying in the Cotswolds.
Jeremy Houghton portrays the dynamic world using distinct yet complimentary bodies of work to paint the essence of motion, favouring themes of light, space, transience and change. The subjects and places that characterize these scenes are illuminated by the way that he shapes the spaces between things, and the spaces in which bodies linger, shimmer, move and often take flight.
Jeremy’s work is fascinating; standing in front of one of his pieces you are immediately immersed into a world of motion created by his positive & negative technique. It had quite an effect on me and I remember standing in front of a painting of flamingoes in flight (above) and it made me move closer, move back and then towards it again. I think Jeremy might have spotted my little dance with his piece and subsequently gave me an original as a gift.
It’s the way in which Jeremy captures movement that makes his work really exciting to me. His unique pieces add a strong energy to space. Sporty, British and classic are 3 words I’d use to describe his work.
My mum and a close family friend were out from South Africa and with me when I visited Jeremy. We soon found out that Jeremy had spent quite a lot of time in South Africa. Jeremy’s formative years as an artist were spent in South Africa as Head of Fine Art at The International School of Cape Town. I’m almost sure that I met Jeremy years ago in Cape Town at one of those notorious society dinner parties that used to happen in Cape Town, the whole world seemed to converge in Cape Town back then.
His work depicting the natural world is unique in that the subject is often a moment captured in time and always a focus on movement. This almost photographic element of capturing movement is executed so well on his equine and farm animal subjects.
Having been the artist in residence at Windsor Castle for Her Majesty, The Queen, Highgrove for His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, at Goodwood for Lord March. He is currently artist in residence for Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing and the James Hunt Foundation. Jeremy has also been the official artist at the London 2012 Olympics and London Fashion Week in 2008. Jeremy’s ability to successfully capture the movement of space and light in these various environments is what sets him apart from other artists.
Jeremy works out of his studio in the Cotswolds. He’s very cleverly built his gallery above his studio. I think it’s great to have to wander through his studio, seeing his brushes, paints, canvasses and all his other material before entering his gallery where he showcases his art.
For more information about Jeremy and his work you can hop on over to his website.