Celebrated British artist, Jeremy Houghton, who captured world number one Roger Federer on his way to Wimbledon glory on canvas will be heading to this year’s championships.
Celebrated British artist, Jeremy Houghton, will once again be taking to centre court with a pencil in hand as he takes up his second year as championship artist at Wimbledon.
Jeremy, who was also the official artist of the London Olympic Games in 2012, has been invited back to Wimbledon to capture the untold story and the daily life of the quintessential British event.
The paintings, which Jeremy will create from this year’s championships, will then be displayed in a special exhibition at the All England Club in September with a proportion of the proceeds donated to the Wimbledon Foundation.
Jeremy, from Broadway in Worcestershire, has already raised more than £100,000 for charities such as the London Air Ambulance, The Prince’s Countryside Fund and the British Paralympic Association.
He said being asked to return to Wimbledon was “a real honour”.
“It’s been a great privilege to work alongside these sporting heroes and I feel very lucky to have been invited back for the second year.
“I used to fund my painting trips abroad by coaching tennis when I was a student so when the call came inviting me to be the championship artist at Wimbledon, it was one I jumped at.
“It’s a tournament that defines our British summer and it feels like even more of a privilege to be returning in its 150th year.”
Jeremy is one of Britain’s most celebrated artists and has been the Artist in Residence at Windsor Castle, Highgrove and London Fashion Week. He was also the official artist of the London Olympic Games in 2012.
His work will focus on creating a visual narrative to depict what goes on at Wimbledon, both on and off the court.
“I was invited to be Wimbledon’s championship artist in 2017 as my work concentrates around movement which allowed me to capture the intensity of the tennis matches from the edge of the court.
“But capturing the day to day life of the event was equally important. I focused on everything from painting the marking of the court lines, to the snaking queues of people, and Rufus, Wimbledon’s resident pigeon-deterring Harris Hawk.”
The paintings will be exhibited at the All England Club from the 25th September. For more information, please visit www.jeremyhoughton.co.uk.