Perry Houlditch was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. He began formally studying art in 2002, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. His undergraduate studies featured two solo exhibitions, Repast for the Ouroboros and With Improbably Velocity.
In 2009, Perry moved to the United Kingdom to study at London’s Atelier of Representational Art. During this time, he could often be found painting in the footsteps of John Constable and JMW Turner in the English countryside. He also lectured at the University of Essex on The History of Artist Pigments and their Origin and led workshops on Traditional Paint Making and Colour Theory for the Painter’s Palette. In conclusion to teaching and studying abroad, he hosted a solo exhibition of landscape paintings entitled, Scenes of Essex in 2010 at First Site Contemporary Visual Arts in Colchester, UK.
Since returning to the USA, Perry has dedicated his time to studying oil painting, creating oil pigments, painting local landscapes, and practicing figure drawing. He also shares his practice and techniques as a private instructor to emerging artists. He is currently pursuing his passion of painting and material making, while pushing the boundaries of the media in a series of abstract paintings of hand refined oil, pigments, and fumed silica over metal leaf. His most recent solo exhibition was in 2016 at the Asheville Area Arts Council entitled Meridional Topography.
As of October 2017, Perry will be working and sharing his art at White Space, located in the Wedge Building of the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina. His art can be found in private collections in the USA, UK, and Germany.