London 2012 Olympic Games artist to exhibit in Dunmow

Jeremy Houghton was selected by BT to serve as one of the official photographers at last year's Olym

Jeremy Houghton was selected by BT to serve as one of the official photographers at last year's Olympic Games. - Credit: Archant

AN artist whose work featured prominently during the Olympic Games has spoken of his excitement about the launch of a two-month exhibition at a Dunmow gallery.

Jeremy Houghton's work.

Jeremy Houghton's work. - Credit: Archant

Jeremy Houghton, one of BT’s official artists at London 2012, will display paintings focusing on British life and the legacy of the Games during the exhibition, called ‘Proud to be British’, at the Aubrey Art Gallery.

It is third time Jeremy has exhibited his work at the high street venue and it will be the first time many of the artist’s paintings have been on public display.

“Dunmow has become special to me,” said Jeremy. “I’ve struck a good relationship with the owners of the gallery and I’ve enjoyed coming back over the years.

“The shows we had before the Olympics went very well and people were very interested in the paintings.

“This year we want to try and give them an exhibition that focuses on the legacy of the games and not just the games.”

Jeremy, who became a full-time artist in 2005, painted 200 pictures at last year’s Olympics and has sold 196 so far.

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He has also served as the official artist for London Fashion Week in 2007 and painted the Queen in 2009.

He has had solo exhibitions at galleries including the Saatchi in London and the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town.

Jude Walthew, from the Aubrey Art Gallery, said: “It really is an honour to have an artist like Jeremy come to our gallery and we hope he continues to in the future.

“He is probably the biggest artist we have and he takes over the whole gallery.

“Everything looks really impressive when he exhibits here.”

Jeremy will attend a preview on Friday (March 1) evening, where he will select the winners of a competition the gallery has been running among local schools to raise money for a local cancer charity.

The exhibition will formally open on Saturday and will run until April 27.