Cotswold artist, Jeremy Houghton has been announced as the official artist in residence of Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR).
British artist, Jeremy Houghton, who lives and works where he was born in the Cotswold village of Broadway, has been announced as the official artist in residence of Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (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."
He will spend one week per month at the team's home in Portsmouth through to the America's Cup in Bermuda in 2017, attending at least one of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series events.
"I think life off the boat is just as important as life on the boat. There's a massive team backing up the five guys on the boat and it takes a lot of blood, sweat, tears, perseverance and hard work to get them to the final. I really want to make sure I represent the people who design and build the boats, as well as those who sail them," added Houghton.
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.
Jo Grindley, Land Rover BAR CMO/CCO, "We hope that by bringing Jeremy into the team, to document the journey to bring the Cup home, we will open up both the sport and challenge to a wider audience... With his background specialising in flight, Jeremy makes for the perfect fit and we look forward to starting to share his work next year.”