Ian Houston (born 1934)

Ian was born in Gravesend in Kent in 1934. A talented musician, he studied at the Royal College of Music in London from 1950. Soon afterwards he began a part time painting course at St Martin’s School of Art and before long he decided to eschew a promising career as a concert pianist in favour of his painting.  He began exhibiting his work in London in 1956 and a year later while showing at the wildlife specialists Tryon Gallery he met the artist Edward Seago. At the time Seago was a celebrity artist, equally popular with the man in the street and the Royal Family, he had recently returned from accompanying Prince Philip as a friend and ‘tour artist’ on a trip to the Antarctic in HMY Britannia. Seago saw great potential in the young Ian Houston and offered him encouragement from the start, in much the same way perhaps that Munnings had encouraged the young Seago. It was Seago who persuaded Ian to concentrate on landscape painting, a remarkably unselfish suggestion as it was his own speciality. Ian tells us that “Ted was enormously generous and such a nice person. He used to give me a box of paintings to copy.”

In 1964 he moved to North Walsham in Norfolk with his wife and family, where he taught art at the town high school. 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. Solo shows soon followed in Lincoln and Norwich, the latter with Mandell’s in 1974 the year of Seago’s death. The success of the Norfolk exhibition allowed him to buy the sea-going Thames Spritsail Barge “Raybell” in which he subsequently gained his Master’s Certificate. Apart from the pure pleasure in sailing it, the Raybell allowed him to immerse himself in the weather off shore around East Anglia. Particularly sea weather and traditional sail in action, adding an enormous authenticity of experience and knowledge to the depiction of his subjects that so many of his followers now lack.

His paintings have been collected worldwide for many decades and he has held solo shows Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong. 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. He became a member of the Guild of Norwich Painters in 1994 and recently became the group’s president.

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 that lead directly back to Munnings and Priestman, although through his association with Norfolk painting he is the spiritual heir to the more ancient heritage of Constable and the Norwich School. We are enormously proud to be associated with an artist of Ian’s artistic stature, a great living painter with a page in British painting history secured.

Ian Houston

Setting up the Stalls - Waldorf Market, Johannesburg SA

£2,000

Ian Houston

Low Tide, Looking Across to Chelsea

£2,750

Ian Houston

The Sunlit Beach - Theoule, South France

£2,000

Ian Houston

The Haunt of Falcons - A Tower of Capri

£2,000

Ian Houston

Low water by Cheyne Walk, Chelsea

£1,650

Ian Houston

Late Summer in Norfolk, Sunlight After Rain

£3,000

Ian Houston

View of Chelsea from Battersea

£2,450

Ian Houston

In Venice After a Storm

£1,550

Ian Houston

Dinghies Ashore - Le Grand Havre

£2,000

Ian Houston

Sailing Vessels on the Lagoon, Venice

£2,200

Ian Houston

Sunlight After a Storm, Venice

£2,750

Ian Houston

The Waterfront at Olympia WA USA

£2,000

Ian Houston

Early Morning Venice

£4,150

Ian Houston

Drying Sails and Nets - Honfleur

£1,650

Ian Houston

´Our Boys' on the Beach at Hythe

£2,000

Ian Houston

The Edge of the Wood in Snow

£2,450

Ian Houston

Sailing Junk at Stanley Bay- Hong Kong

£2,650

Ian Houston

On the Golden Horn, Istanbul

£2,450

Ian Houston

Norfolk Woodlands in the Snow

£4,850

Ian Houston

Low Water at Chiswick Eyot

£2,450

Ian Houston

An Abandoned Quayside- Cheung Chau

£2,450

Ian Houston

A Sailing Junk Near Hong Kong

£1,450

Ian Houston

A Sailing Junk at Stanley Bay- Hong Kong

£4,850

Ian Houston

A Moment for Reflection - Paris, Left Bank

£2,650

Ian Houston

A Fen Landscape near The Wash

£2,750

Ian Houston

A Canal Side Market - Bangkok

£1,650

Ian Houston

A Country Road After Snow, Near Fakenham, Norfolk

£2,650

Ian Houston

A Bangkok Market

£2,000

Ian Houston

Trees by the Water's Edge- Cotswolds Water Park

£2,000

Ian Houston

Winter Afternoon - Piccadilly Circus

£1,650

Ian Houston

Wind over tide- Aldeburgh

£2,550

Ian Houston

The Trout Inn seen across the Thames

£1,550

Ian Houston

The Harbour at Barra

£1,650

Ian Houston

Thames Ditton Reflections

£1,650

Ian Houston

Light and Shadow, Conwy

£950

Ian Houston

At the Fish Market a Study in Green

£2,450

Ian Houston

Afternoon Sunlight in Church Street Market

£1,650

Ian Houston

A Still Morning at Strand-On-The-Green

£1,650