Studio Work

Houghton uses sketches, his own photographs or other source material to produce a range of standalone paintings. With a style characterised by the removal of all extraneous detail, many of these artworks are reminiscent of old photographic negatives. A large proportion of Houghton’s studio-based work is focused on the theme of flight, specifically migrating 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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