Having grown up in the countryside, Houghton has a longstanding respect for and interest in nature. Time spent in Africa in his twenties ignited a particular interest in birds, specifically the gangly, cartoon-pink flamingo. In his studio work Houghton continues to explore the compositional possibilities created by flocks of one of nature’s most distinctive birds.
The idea of ‘telling the untold story’ continues to inform Houghton’s nuanced approach to his artist-in-residence projects, which have punctuated his practice for the last ten years. Invited to document the life of a number of high-profile communities, he shifts between the iconic and the everyday, painting subjects as diverse as one of the world’s fastest sailing boats and a horse-drawn plough.
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