Portrait of the Portrait Artist as a Young Man

The young artist in 1971 in a Picasso inspired headpiece
Paul Houlton: Arthur’s Restaurant, Smithfield Market
1976 oil on canvas

Its not often that an artist is able to mount an exhibition drawn from a lifetime of work, but local artist Paul Houlton has a studio full of paintings that are only now seeing the light of day for the first time in a new exhibition during this year’s Artists Open Houses in Brighton and Hove in May.

The artist with an early work Art Deco Woman (1972) in front of his studio

Paul’s first and only solo exhibition was back in 1976 at the Africa Centre in London, since when he has worked as a portrait artist in London and more recently in Brighton’s Lanes but with the fashion nowadays more for selfies than for portraits, he has turned to a mountain of previously unexhibited paintings clogging up his studio and made them into a range of greeting cards that have proved a surprise hit recently with locals and visitors to Brighton alike.

Now the original paintings, drawings and prints from the 1960s to the present in a wide range of styles and influences are being put on display in Paul’s amazing studio – a former chapel – with a daily tour of the exhibition by the artist most weekdays at midday.

Paul Houlton: Paintings – Drawings – Prints May 7 -29 daily 11.00 – 17.00 (except Mondays) at 6 Hove Place, Hove BN3 2RG see full listing either online here:

https://aoh.org.uk/house/may2022/paul-houlton/

or in the brochure under Independent No.9 (p.79)

Published by Copyright © PAUL HOULTON 2012

Paul Houlton is an English artist born in King's Lynn in 1951. He studied art at Byam Shaw School of Art in London and politics at the City of London Polytechnic. He has travelled and worked extensively in Japan and currently works in a studio in Hove.

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