Biography

One of the UK’s most talented and successful photographers, Adrian Houston inherited his artistic talents from his mother, Esther Craig, a celebrated portrait painter whose social circle included some of the art world’s most legendary names. Among these was Salvador Dali who painted her in his studio in Cadaqués.

Known for his warm, atmospheric images that fire the imagination, Adrian’s work has been exhibited both at The National Gallery and The Royal Academy of Arts. Other high profile exhibitions include a fund raising initiative for Guide Dogs for the Blind at The Haunch of Venison at The Royal Academy of Arts showcasing his customarily innovative portraiture, on this occasion celebrity figures with their canine companions.

Adrian’s exceptional eye for detail, as well as his meticulous, creative and relaxed approach, has earned him a number of high profile portrait commissions, among them Luciano Pavarotti, George Martin, the Dalai Lama and Jim Carrey.

His ground-breaking images for the Mr & Mrs Smith series of travel guides helped put the company on the map and he has produced a total of eight publications for this now globally recognised brand.

Other books include an architectural history of the London Olympic Stadium commissioned by Atkins (the Games’ official engineering and design provider) as well as a coffee table publication on behalf of leading interior designers including Anouska Hempel.

Adrian’s passion is conservation. His work has seen him travel to some of the world’s most unexplored and inhospitable terrains, with his powerful photographs subsequently gracing everything from advertising campaigns to magazine covers. In addition the stunning images that resulted from him witnessing the eruption of Mount Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island were used to memorable effect in one of the Discovery Channel’s highest rating documentaries – Discovery People.

Adrian’s current art project is” A Portrait of the Tree” a collection of trees that have a special meaning for the individuals who have selected them.

When not on location, Adrian works from his studio in London’s Soho.