Gallery One - Tracing Time, Pauses, Ruptures and Gaps.
The Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens wrote that if he became
aware of the rhythmic sound of his brush against the canvas he knew he was
painting well. Jeremy Houghton's paintings offer the observer a similarly sensory
awakening to the betwixt and between of forms; subtle shifts and shadings are
indicative of an identifiable image that emerges as we gaze. It is in the
intervals, gaps, pauses, ruptures, and gaps between echoing forms, that the
recognizably rich variations of a visual world become almost audibly traced in
Gallery Two - Sensing Places and Events.
both the seen and unseen world: during residencies, Jeremy Houghton has often witnessed
places that we could never access. But his work acts as an avatar, parachuting
us into an often rarefied world of protean experience, a world in which we are
invited to taste the flavour of events beyond our reach. The seductive beauty
of his line and the deft subtlety of his palette entices the eye as much as these
qualities provoke an all-encompassing sensory engagement with a specific time
Gallery Three - The Shape of Motion.
of birds in flight or athletes in the pursuit of glory draws Jeremy Houghton
into a rich exploration of the dynamic world. His painting processes embody
these vital forces. Pigment flows, suspended in a medium he intuitively
articulates, finding a shape that equates with the direction, speed and
position of mobile forms. His eye to hand procedures leave traces of a vibrant
sense of the observed and the imaginary. Our vivid delight in his paintings is
sustained because the artist finds shapes in which his senses and actions
coincide with memories of barely glimpsed time, and motion that seems only