Jeremy Houghton has been named as the official artist in residence of Land Rover BAR. The painter specialises in sport and flight.

Land Rover BAR has announced that Jeremy Houghton is the official artist in residence for the team.

The painter was previously an official BT Olympic Artist for London 2012.

He has spent time as artist in residence at Highgrove for HRH the Prince of Wales, and at Windsor Castle for HM the Queen.

Jeremy Houghton is the official artist in residence of Land Rover BAR

One of Houghton’s paintings of the team’s catamaran, Rita. Credit: Land Rover BAR

Houghton is one of the most collectable UK artists of his generation, and has been exhibited throughout Europe, the USA, India and South Africa – where he has also spent time teaching.

His interest in the America’s Cup grew out of his work at the Olympics.

“My background is as a sporting artist and when I paint I work with movement, light, time and space,” explained Houghton.

“I did a lot of work around the 2012 Olympics and spent time in Weymouth where the sailing events were held – the light, the spray, the movement and the speed mean the artistic possibilities of sailing are endless,” continued the artist.

“When I heard Ben Ainslie was putting together a team for the America’s Cup it was very much at the top of my list of projects. The America’s Cup is so exciting and the sailing is immense,” he added.

Jeremy Houghton is the official artist in residence of Land Rover BAR

Jeremy Houghton with Sir Ben Ainslie. Credit: Land Rover BAR

Houghton’s paintings will also be used to help raise money for the team’s official charity, the 1851 Trust, through exhibitions and the sale of the works.

“I hope that I am in some way able to get young people from lots of different backgrounds into sailing and help show them that it can be about design and technology and science as well as the actual act of sailing,” said Houghton.