Jeremy Houghton


Jeremy Houghton is an established British contemporary artist and we are honoured to welcome him to the Clarendon portfolio.

His ability to capture motion and light has earned him a reputation as a true innovator in the visual arts and an enviable array of royal, sporting and artistic awards and accolades.

Since he began to paint full-time in the mid-2000s, Jeremy 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 decade His imaginative and distinctive style has led to an extraordinary number of prestigious commission and residencies, including resident artist at Windsor Castle for HM The Queen, Highgrove Estate for HRH The Prince of Wales and Goodwood for Lord March. He has had solo exhibitions at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and The Saatchi Gallery in London, as well as in Delhi and Johannesburg. Other achievements include being official artist for London Fashion Week, painting the Queen presenting a new 500th anniversary standard to the Gentlemen at Arms, and his selection as the official artist for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics and the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.

In recent years Jeremy has become increasingly known for his migrating birds and flamingo paintings. “I love flamingos, but they are almost a tool for me to experiment on the canvas”, he says. “They give me complete versatility because they’re always moving; there are always different shapes, different colours, different lights, and different reflections: a kaleidoscope of options.”

These richly textured oil paintings explore the dynamics of motion and light, inviting us to speculate upon our changing perception of reality and the different ways in which we represent the visual world. Jeremy continually explores the potential of negative space to represent light, and often references ma – a concept used in Japanese aesthetics that translates roughly as a ‘gap’ or ‘pause’ – traditionally helping to balance the relationship between different areas of an image. Each piece is created with freedom and fluidity, using tone and form to portray movement and space, often in a manner that seems to distance his images from the confines of time.

Jeremy graduated with a Law degree in 1996 as well as studying art at the Slade and at the University of Aix Marseille. He has become one of the most collectable British artists of his generation - none other than HRH The Prince of Wales has several paintings in his personal collection – yet he continues to strive for greater skill and further knowledge. Last year he gained a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Gloucestershire. We are proud and privileged to introduce our debut collection of his flamingo paintings to make a vibrant and striking start to the year.

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