Mark Houghton


Born in Warrington, Mark trained initially, and gained his first degree at Middlesex
University (formerly the Hornsey School of Art) and subsequently at the Cardiff
Metropolitan University (MA Fine Art), at the Cardiff School of Art & Design.
His work has long been concerned with our relationship to the built environment,
and often incorporates objects and materials encountered there.

His practice highlights overlooked aspects of the everyday, in order to isolate and
represent aspects of the urban environment. His aim is to forge a visual poetry of the
commonplace, to elevate the irrelevance of the ordinary, in an attempt to decode
and decipher the complexity of the environments that we inherit and inhabit.
He moved to Welsh Borders in 1987 and has exhibited, in both Wales and the rest of
the UK, as well as undertaking several residencies both here, in the UK, and abroad
in Spain and the USA. His work appears regularly in both group and solo exhibitions
and has recently been acquired for private collections. He has collaborated with a
painter, Kelly Best, who is based in Cardiff, having joint shows in both Cardiff and
Manchester. As well as appearing in catalogues, his work features in a world wide
survey of 30 multi-disciplinary artists, “The Language of Mixed Media Sculpture” by
Jac Scott, published by the Crowood Press, May 2014. In the same year he was been
elected to the Royal Society of Sculptors.

In 2015 he was commissioned by David Wilson Homes and Emma Price Projects to
produce several permanent public sculptures at Ogmore by Sea.
Has taught Fine Art since 1997 at both Graduate and Under Graduate level, at
Hereford College of Arts and Cardiff Metropolitan University, always specialising in
three-dimensional approaches to art making.