Ian Houston (born.1934)
Prominent landscape artist. Ian Houston was born in the ancient town of Gravesend in North West Kent in 1934. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London as well as beginning a part time painting course at St Martin's School of Art combining promising careers as both concert pianist and professional painter.
He began exhibiting his paintings in London in 1956 and it was during this time that he met the famous East Anglian artist Edward Seago, who saw great potential in Ian’s work.
Seago became his mentor and encouraged him to switch from bird painting to land and seascapes. With Seago as an artistic godfather it was natural to gravitate to the county that had made the great man’s name and whose distinctive ‘flat’ landscapes inspired centuries of artists to subordinate land and man to its towering skies. Ian later moved to North Walsham in Norfolk with his wife and family where he taught art at the town high school. In 1994 he became a member of the Guild of Norwich Painters in and soon became the group’s president.
Ian gained great inspiration for his paintings from the vast East Anglian skies, flat landscape and peaceful waterways. His impressionistic style capturing brilliantly the atmosphere of this part of England.
Houston has exhibited extensively in numerous galleries world-wide including solo shows in Melbourne, Australia and Hong Kong. In his life time, he has enjoyed commercial success and continues to paint and hold exhibitions. His paintings show a clear debt to his mentor Edward Seago but still maintain a unique and distinct quality that show the individual skill of Ian Houston as an incredible artist in his own right.
His paintings have been collected worldwide for many decades, his private collectors include HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and his work is held in the corporate collections of Barclays Bank plc, Mercury Asset Management, Norwich Union, Robert Fleming Holdings Ltd, The Australian Government, The State Bank of South Australia, The Usher Gallery, Lincoln and Windsor and Newton amongst many others.
Ian is described variously as an impressionist or post-impressionist painter, he is the last in a long line of British twentieth century landscape painters.
Work from the Artist
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