Jeremy Houghton is the official artist in residence of Land Rover BAR. A specialist in sport and flight, Houghton was previously an official BT Olympic Artist for London 2012, and has spent time as artist in residence at Highgrove for HRH the Prince of Wales, and at Windsor Castle for HM the Queen.
Houghton has become one of the most collectable UK artists of his generation, and has been exhibited throughout Europe, the USA, India and South Africa – where he has also spent time teaching. His interest in the America’s Cup grew out of his work at the Olympics as he explained:
“My background is as a sporting artist and when I paint I work with movement, light, time and space. I did a lot of work around the 2012 Olympics and spent time in Weymouth where the sailing events were held - the light, the spray, the movement and the speed mean the artistic possibilities of sailing are endless."*
“When I heard Ben Ainslie was putting together a team for the America’s Cup it was very much at the top of my list of projects. The America’s Cup is so exciting and the sailing is immense.”
The paintings will also be used to help raise money for the team’s official charity, the 1851 Trust, through exhibitions and the sale of the works. “I hope that I am in some way able to get young people from lots of different backgrounds into sailing and help show them that it can be about design and technology and science as well as the actual act of sailing,” said Houghton.