BY Katerina Morgan
Our international artists work with fine art photography, drawings, paintings, sculptures, wall paintings and monumental art. Some of the artworks by our artists feature in distinguished public, corporate and private collections around the world, including several royal collections.
Each artist interprets the equestrian theme in their own personal style, giving us the pleasure of enjoying a variety of views and equine beauty.
We are pleased to introduce you to several artists from the United States and Europe and we would be delighted to see their amazing art join your collection.
Cara Van Leuven (USA)
Cara Van Leuven‘s lifelong obsession with horses was solidified when she began taking riding lessons at the age of nine. Throughout middle school and high school Cara found true love competing in the jumper ring.
Life with horses seemingly ended when Cara left her hometown of Ft. Wayne IN to study photojournalism at Western Kentucky University. She pursued other hobbies like hip hop, graffiti and breakdancing. Her love of art wasn’t found so much in museums, but rather on the side of trains.
Cara lived in Duluth MN, London UK, Albuquerque NM and St Louis MO where she worked in design. Her life was severely impacted by the 2008 recession; she lost her job and her home. She found a raw loft in downtown STL that was full of artists who encouraged her to paint. In 2011 Cara created her first painting, a 6’x6′ of two horses embracing. It was during this time that Cara found work as a carriage driver which reunited her with horses and reignited the passion that had been dormant for far too long.
The horses in Cara’s oil paintings have exceptionally long legs, reflecting their fragility and the fragility of life. Her work is highly textured and layered, done almost entirely with a pallet knife. Much of her work depicts the communication and movement of horses. Very rarely does she paint her own horses; her paintings are derived from studying horses – sometimes from memory and sometimes from reference.
Donna B (USA)
Donna’s artistic journey into the marvel of medium and materials is breathtaking; often she uses no brushes or tools to create her inked horses. Her subliminal control of proprietary mixtures of acrylics and water-based inks and pigments, both dripped and directed, emanates from a purely intuitive space. A personal artistic blend and signature clean, fresh style creates art that is modern in structure yet deeply intimate.
“I am a painter of the classic form of the horse. I use modern colors in a signature style. My work is of the dreams of horses, the horses of my imagination, the horses I never had. I have come to understand that it is not horses that I paint; I paint the way they make me feel.”
Edward Waites (UK)
Edward’s collection comprises of animals and wildlife and is shaped by his passion for the vitality, energy and grace of his subjects. Following the ancient lost-wax method, Edward works first in clay, and then casts in bronze and silver in limited editions.
Bronze casting has been around since Grecian times and the process hasn’t changed much to this day. It involves many skilled labour hours on each piece which gives the medium the prestige and value is deserves. Each commission takes several months to complete.
Each amazing sculpture by Edward surprisingly combines the monumentality, strength and nobility of the beautiful creatures.
Some of his artworks were inspired by ancient Roman and Etruscan horses, these Epoques temperaments when the symbol role of status that horse may have had for its owner in the society. Etruscan art was strongly connected to religion; the afterlife was of major importance in Etruscan art. So the horses have accompanied a man in this life as well as the afterlife highlighting their importance for the owner. Edward’s sculptures express vitality, strength, masculinity and individuality.
Madeleine Bunbury (UK)
Madeleine’s talent extends well beyond depicting the horses in front of her. Painting from life, Madeleine is able to offer not only an accurate representation of the horses, but an honest insight into what makes each of them special.
“I am a classically-trained equine artist based in Wiltshire, England. After growing up on the Caribbean Island of Mustique, I moved to Florence aged seventeen where I was trained in traditional portraiture for three years at Charles Cecil Studios. It was here that I learned the ‘sight size’ technique and the importance of painting from life under natural light.
I work using my own hand-ground paints and hand-stretched canvases. With the horses posing in front of me I am able to capture their unique character and portray motion and depth. Painting from life achieves an expressive representation which is unparalleled by modern photo-realistic paintings.”
Rafael Lago (Colombia)
Horses are the main focus of Rafael. Colombia being mostly rancher and agricultural, it is part of his nature, his fascination with their vitality and sensitivity, their strength and beauty, how they serve us but are in essence, the symbol of freedom.
Many of Rafael’s paintings are a mixture of strong underdrawing on charcoal or pastel, which he then layers with translucent chiaroscuro veneers, topping with more opaque paint, usually acrylic or natural pigments mixed with resin. Some are a more classic approach, layering carefully, over a base drawing.
What they all achieve, is a dynamic expression, that engulfs the viewer, into the artist’s unique vision of the world.
Thorgimur Einarsson (Iceland)
Thorgrimur is an Icelandic artist from Reykjavík. Whenever possible, he prefers to work from direct observation, believing it to be the optimum way of creating an authentic look.
Thorgrimur expresses his subject in what he likes to describe as painterly realism. Maintaining an emphasis on “accurate” drawing, values and color, he aspires to capture his subject as honestly as possible while articulating its emotional impact. He works exclusively with oil paint and linen canvas.
Passionate about Icelandic landscapes and nature, Thor dedicates part of creation to wild animals and one of his favourite themes is horses.
The Icelandic horse is a token of the Icelandic nation and its pride and joy, that has been bred in its pure form for over one thousand years. Very special the Icelandic horse is the only breed in the world that can perform five gaits, whereas other breeds can only perform three or four.
The beautiful Icelandic horse comes in over 40 colors and 100 various patterns. Sometimes the horse even changes color throughout its life span. Since the Icelandic parliament passed a law that bans the importation of horses, no other horse breeds are found in Iceland and If an Icelandic horse is brought abroad, it can never return. Currently, there are about 80,000 Icelandic horses in Iceland, versus the human population of 364,260.
“Horses are beautiful, powerful but gentle creatures. The Icelandic horse changes its coat with the seasons to cope with the harsh winters. They look like fluffy furballs in the winter and majestic in the summer. I’ve always been in awe of them standing out in the blizzard, turning their backs to the wind seemingly unfazed by the chaos of life. They have always captured my imagination.”