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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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.