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Patrick Haughton

I am a studio based painter, working primarily with mixed media / collage / acrylic paint, focussing on themes related to "Time and Place", and reflecting travels in Cornwall, Europe and further afield.

Artists Statement:

Evidence of the transitory nature of existence is all around us: 

I seek to share my perception of the world we inhabit, the traces of the natural forces which shape our world, the impact of the physical and social activity of humanity upon it, today and in the past.

Works evolve in the process of making; of constructing, assembling, drawing and painting, using a variety of graphic media on paper, canvas and board. In some cases I integrate fragments of found objects and documents with the graphic media, introducing an element of physical reality into the imagery. 

Influences on my painting are many. Visual artists such as Picasso and Braque; Brancusi, Nicholson and Hepworth, Feiler and Weschke are clearly important to me. 

More than half a century ago, as a young art student, I first visited Cornwall. I had no idea at that time that the work of our tutors; then prominent members of the St. Ives artistic community, would come to affect me so profoundly. That experience took many years to mature, and developing my personal imagery, building on the work of my predecessors, is an ongoing process.

The music played in the studio - anything from early music and baroque, to 20th & 21st century composers and contemporary jazz music – can have an effect on the structure and content of my work. Particular pieces have referenced the music of Shostakovich; (“Isca” 1 & 2), Rautavaara; (“Cantus Arcticus”), Arvo Part; (“A Single Note : Levant”) – and a recent quartet of mixed media paintings celebrating the International Musician Seminars (IMS) of Prussia Cove.

In the final analysis I would hope that the work produced is an honest reflection of life as lived.

Patrick Haughton - 2022

Biographical note:

Patrick Haughton was born in Devonport in 1942. He grew up and was educated in Barnstaple in North Devon, moving to Exeter to study architecture in 1960. In 1962 he abandoned his architectural training to enrol at Exeter College of Art, where Clifford Fishwick was principal. Subsequently he transferred to the West of England College of Art in Bristol where he studied painting and sculpture. Paul Feiler was head of painting at that time, and visitors included William Scott and Karl Weschke.

He is a member of the Plymouth Society of Artists, the National Acrylic Painters Association, is an Associate Member of The Penwith Society of Arts and a former member of the Newlyn Society of Artists (1995 - 2020) . He became an academician of The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in 2022. He lives and works in Penryn, overlooking the estuary of the River Fal in Cornwall.

He is primarily represented by The Porthminster Galley in St. Ives, Cornwall, but also exhibits widely across the UK, 

Collections: Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall; Les Amis de la Grande Vigne, Dinan, France; and St. George’s Hospital, London.

Private collections in France, Monaco, USA, South Africa, Hong Kong & Singapore

Artist in Residence 2004: Association des Amis de La Grande Vigne: Atelier d’Artiste, Ville de Dinan, Brittany, France


EarthSong 3: Approaching Lydford

EarthSong 2: Before Sunrise

EarthSong 1: Nocturne

Soiree a la Capusie

Pierced Stone XI

Pierced Stone X

Harbour Fugue 4: Par

Harbour Fugue 3: Mevagissey

Book Cover Design

Tide Rising 1

Tidal Ebb

Stone Quartet 1 (Book cover design EUP)

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