About Tessa Houghton


1976 in Lancashire, United Kingdom

Lives and Works:

West Yorkshire, United Kingdom


BA(hons) Fine Art, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 1998

About the artist

Tessa Houghton creates dreamlike ethereal landscapes that are infused with light, texture, and infinite possibilities. Inspired by nature with its inherent symbolism and contrasts, the paintings attempt to explore themes of fragility and strength, transience and endurance, death and renewal. The most recent work pays homage to childhood and family and explores the strong emotional attachments we have with particular places and the memories that go with them.

'I believe in the power of suggestion and my paintings tend to hover between abstraction and figuration. The resulting images are ambiguous rather than definitive. I like the idea that they will trigger a memory or a sensation by being recognisable or familiar in some way and the final interpretation is left open to the viewer.'
Paint and other mediums are applied in a variety of methods so that intense layers of texture contrast with areas of smooth subtlety.

Need to know

  • Tessa studied Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University and soon after completing her degree, she moved to Barcelona and began to paint the sea
  • The artist draws inspiration from the places she spends most of her time; the Catalonian coast, Pyrenees mountains and the dramatic and beautiful countryside of northern England
  • Houghton's paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the UK and in various place around the world, such as Barcelona, Singapore, Hong Kong, and New York
Danielle Draudt

The Insider Danielle Draudt says:

"These works lie somewhere between abstraction and seascapes resulting in an ethereal, ambiguous atmosphere that leaves interpretation open for the individual viewers. Beautiful use of light and texture that seem to transport the viewer to another world."

Tessa Houghton

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