Love horses? Then get them into your home. The pick of Britain’s equestrian artwork, featuring oils, watercolours, pencils, chalks and sculptures, goes on show from Monday, August 31 to Tuesday, September 15 at Sally Mitchell’s Gallery in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire.
Organised by The Society of Equestrian Artists, The Horse in Art 2015 exhibition captures virtually every moment of equestrian life, from the excitement of the races (above, Headway, an oil by Michelle McCullagh) to a fast and furious polo scene (below, a pencil work by Kristine Nason) and a peaceful hack in the evening.
You’ll find a portrait of William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning (by Katie Scorgie) alongside a sculpture of Frankel (by Juliet Cursham), a sturdy Exmoor pony (by Julie Ann Bull) next to an elegant Coolmore stallion (by William E. Rees), and Sue Navin’s lovingly carved wooden horses against Valerie Price-West’s haunting ceramic silhouettes of horses lost in war or Deborah Burt‘s majestic bronze heads (below, Equus I).
The collection also includes some interesting watercolours by Julie Cross, a colourful racing scene by Roger Simpson, some hunting scenes such as Frederick J Haycock‘s Working the Margins (below) and Barry Peckham’s evocative oil of horses grazing at the foot of storm ravaged oaks.
Nearly every piece is for sale, with prices starting from as little as £175, and there is a chance to win an original Friesian Study by Laura Barber-Riley, which was donated by the artist to the Society. Raffle tickets to win the artwork are only £1 but can only be bought in person at the Gallery.
Going there also offers the perfect opportunity to visit Sally Mitchell’s Museum of the Horse, which houses a fascinating collection of antique saddles, bridles, bits (of which there are more than 400), harness, veterinary equipment and even boots.
Selected works from The Horse in Art 2015 will then be on display at the Osborne Studio Gallery in London, which specialises in sporting paintings and bronzes, from September 21 to 29.
The Horse in Art 2015, August 31 to September 15, Sally Mitchell’s Gallery, 1 Market Place, Tuxford, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 0LA.
Society of Equestrian Artists exhibition, September 21 to 29, Osborne Studio Gallery, 2 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8JU.
All images courtesy of The Society of Equestrian Artists