Mark Houghton's arresting abstract sculptures and paintings quietly demand to occupy the contexts within which they are created for.

His painting/objects incorporate diverse materials such as concrete, graphite, steel and plywood 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.

Houghton's 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.

His 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 - Houghton's 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.




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BORN Warrington


1994 M.A. in Fine Art, University of Wales in Cardiff

1983 B.A. Honours in Fine Art, Middlesex University



2018 Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, Manchester

2018 Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, Somerset

2018/19 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London


2016 You Me It Now, 13 Herald Street, London

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

2009 Open, Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford

2009 Hole in the Wall, Cardiff

2008 Globe Gallery , Hay on Wye, Herefordshire


 2018 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff

2017 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London

2017 Bankley Open, Manchester  


2017 We: You,Me, Firstsite, Colchester

2017 FLUX, Centrala, Birmingham, in association with Grand Union

2016 Canwood Gallery, Hereford, alongside Carl Andre

2016  Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham

2016 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Abergavenny

2015 Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham

2015 Summer Salon, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes Gallery, London

2014 Everything Else is Just the Weather, Two person show

with Kelly Best, Arcadecardiff, Cardiff 

2014 UNIT(e) G39 Cardiff 

2013 Beyond Merely Assembling, Castlefield Gallery Project Space, Manchester

2013 HOT-ONE-HUNDRED, Schwartz Gallery, London  

2013 AIR Artists, Group Show, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff

2013 Fresh Air Sculpture Biennale, Quenington

2013 Lines, Group Show, London 

2012 Made in Roath, The Milkwood 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  two person show

2009 Surface / Space / Time Crypt Gallery, London

2009 Wood, Canvas, Steel(?), tactileBOSCH, Cardiff

2009 Overview, Elysium Artspace, Swansea

2008 Traces, The Schwartz Gallery, London

2006 Herefordshire College of Art and Design

2005 The Art of Love, Oxo Tower, London

2004 Gallery International, Baltimore, USA

2004 Identity, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown

2003 Plinth, The Cube, Leeds

2002 / 2003 Land, Artsway, Hampshire

2001 The International Festival of Light, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

2001 Twenty Years of Excellence, The Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts, USA

2000 / 2001 Wales Drawing Biennale, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth



2014 Castlefield Gallery Project Space, one week residency and open studio

2013 Chapter, Cardiff, one week residency and open studio 

2012 La Fragua, Cordova, Spain. 4 week residency

2011 Downstairs Gallery, Herefordshire, 4 week residency

1999 Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, USA Eight week residency awarded by the Bemis Centre and the Arts Council for Wales



1999/2000 Wales Drawing Biennale

1997/1998 Wales Drawing Biennale

1996 Angels and Mechanics



2013  Gordon Dalton on Interference at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

2011 Re-Title Newsletter Artist Focus Sculpture

2011 S Mark Gubb for Warp G39 web site