The Luxury Channel met award-winning, contemporary visual artist Jeremy Houghton at the world-famous Goodwood Revival in September. This year, Goodwood welcomes Houghton as the first-ever Artist in Residence on the Estate. Telling us that he is “incredibly excited” about the appointment, being at Goodwood allows Houghton to draw inspiration from both the international events and the beautiful South Downs setting.
As Houghton stood by his vintage 1935 Bentley, he told us it was originally his great grandfather’s. It won the RAC Scottish rally in 1937, when it was driven by his grandmother, and during the war it went on to be used by his great uncle, as part of the homeland fire brigade in Coventry, where it survived the bombing. Family members have raced the car since then, and it counts a healthy 660.000 miles on the clock. Now BOP600 is in Houghton’s safe hands and the family uses it to potter, picnic and paint – but at a more moderate speed!
Themes of motion, time and space, encapsulate the Goodwood Estate and the subject matters here are all ideal: vintage cars, old-time racing bikes, magnificent Spitfires assembled for the big take-off from Goodwood Aerodrome to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and of course the pure-breeds at Goodwood Racecourse. Everything Houghton depicts in his work has reality and emotion, and every commissioned piece is somehow more convincing than any scene captured on camera.
One of Houghton’s latest projects is Glass Ground, a link between conceptual and installation art, where an exploration of time and space is depicted via a completely different medium – see www.glassground.com for further information.
Houghton has also been announced as the official artist in residence of Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing for the America’s Cup. He will spend one week per month at the team’s home in Portsmouth before going to Bermuda in 2017, attending at least one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events. For more information about Houghton’s works, go to www.jeremyhoughton.co.uk.