Ian Houston b. 1934

Ian was born in Gravesend in Kent in 1934. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London from 1950 as well as beginning a part time painting course at St Martin's School of Art combining promising careers as both concert pianist and professional painter.
He began exhibiting his work in London in 1956 and then met the artist Edward Seago, who saw great potential in Ian’s work and offered him encouragement as well as persuading Ian to concentrate on landscape painting. 

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.

His paintings have been collected worldwide for many decades and he has held solo shows in Melbourne, Australia and 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 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.  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.