His work is liked by:
Jānis Kupčs,

Let's Dance
Fence (Cor Baby That's Really Free)
John II
Stapel II
Ghost Chart
Station to Station
John I

mark houghton

Lives and works at UK

Born 24/02/61


www.markhoughton.com markmaker@hotmail.co.uk 07814 418071 Born –Warrington UK MA -Cardiff Metropolitan University BA – Middlesex University Forthcoming Two works selected for National Eisteddfod of Wales Open Exhibition Projects 2015/16 Working as lead artist producing permanent public artworks for David Wilson Homes and Emma Price Projects with a budget of £57,000 Selected Solo Shows 2013 Interference, Chapter, Cardiff 2011 Upstare, The Downstairs Gallery, Herefordshire 2011 Occidental Collusions, West Wales School of the Arts Gallery 2009 Inbetweenies, Elysium Gallery, Swansea Selected Group Shows 2015 Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham 2015 Summer Salon, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes Gallery, London 2014 Everything Else is Just the Weather, two person show at Arcadecardiff, Cardiff and the Castlefield Gallery Project Space, Manchester 2014 UNIT(e) G39, Cardiff 2013 Beyond Merely Assembling, the Castlefield Gallery Project Space, Manchester 2013 Hot-One-Hundred, Schwartz Gallery, London 2013 AIR Artists, Group Show, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff 2012 The Witching Hour, Goat Major Projects, Cardiff 2011 Arewenotdrawntoanewera?, G39, Cardiff 2010 DIY Exhibition, Surface Arts, Exeter 2010 Backlit Open, Nottingham 2010 The Tomorrow People, The Elevator Gallery, London 2010 After the End, The Elysium Gallery, Swansea 2009 Like a God, a Good Luck Charm or a Vice, Bristol Diving School, Bristol Residencies 2014 Castlefield Gallery New Art Space, and Mark Devereux Projects, Manchester, one week residency and open studio with Kelly Best 2014 UNIT(e) G39, Cardiff, 3 month project space 2013 Chapter, Cardiff, one week residency and open studio 2012 La Fragua, Cordova, Spain. 4 week residency


These works quietly demand to occupy the contexts within which they are created for. The painting/objects incorporate diverse materials such as canvas, plaster, steel and plasterboard to suggest absence and presence, failure, tragedy and loss, yet their seductive, intensely worked surfaces and surprising scale and form infuse the works with hope and optimism and embrace the viewer. The works suggest their own construction and deliberately instigate a dialogue with the architecture of the site within which they are placed. An interdependency with our environment is intimated and the impossibility of an individual identity that is not shaped or marked by relationships, incidents or experiences implied. The surfaces embody time and a physical relationship with a two dimensional surface that is drawn into a three dimensional space. Despite repetitious manipulation - building up, sanding back, scarring, painting, rubbing, erasing, revealing and being chipped away at - the works vie for life. This evidence of human endeavour is knowingly seductive, contemplative and contains a vitality that seems pertinent for a screen based, technological age.

Tina Prize - Roma Artists Tina Prize - Berlin Artists Tina Prize - Bercelona Artists