World renowned equestrian artists exhibit at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art over the July Festival Week in Newmarket 7-9th July
A celebratory exhibition of artwork from the Sladmore Galleries and the Osborne Studio Gallery will be on display in the Rothschild Yard in Newmarket’s National Heritage Centre from 7th-9th July 2016.
The Palace House Party Committee is delighted to present a totally unique exhibition in association with the Osborne and Sladmore Galleries to celebrate 350 years of making history in Newmarket. The exhibition will be on display to the public from 11.00 to 18.00 Thursday 7th July – Saturday 9th July in the Rothschild Yard of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. The exhibition will be free of charge and all visitors will be able to enter the Rothschild Yard on foot via the All Saints Road.
Eight stables, which have been restored to their former glory will be filled with paintings and sculptures by leading international equine artists, celebrated globally for their unique styles. Paintings will be coming from the Osborne Studio Gallery by artists Katie O’Sullivan, Hubert de Watrigant, Jay Kirkman, Michelle McCullagh and Elie Lambert, and works of art from the Sladmore Gallery will include pieces by James Gillick, Nic Fiddian Green, Mark Coreth, Dede Gold and Charlie Langton. The galleries and artists involved are giving a generous commission to the National Horseracing Museum on any art bought or direct commissions made during this week.
This will be the first time the Rothschild Yard will be open to the public, signalling the near completion of Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. This has been a transformative project taking shape in the centre of Newmarket after years of meticulous planning, fundraising and construction. The Heritage Centre will comprise of The National Horseracing Museum, a National Gallery for British Sporting Art and the flagship home for Retraining of Racehorses Charity.
About the artists:
Katie O’Sullivan’s meteoric rise as a horse painter has been almost without parallel. She is at the pinnacle of an extraordinary career and is considered by many to be the foremost equestrian painter in the British Isles. She was brought up steeped in horses in rural Ireland, moved to England and studied contemporary art at Chelsea School of Art. Her passion always lay within horses and now married to a racehorse trainer in Lambourn, she has been able to indulge in this passion, evoking the beauty of the horse with a wonderful and unique contemporary twist
Hubert de Watrigant is unsurprisingly considered one of Europe’s leading equestrian painters with an international reputation having had sell out exhibitions in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The late Sir Peter O’Sullevan observed he has that ‘sense du cheval’. Hubert exhibits a fearless and passionate streak of a true artist enabling him to create the magnificent and the unexpected.
Mark Coreth visited the Arctic in 2010, after which he was determined to bring home the fragility of the eco-system through his sculpture. In 2015 Mark complete his life-size bronze of the much loved racehorse "Frankel", commissioned by the owner Prince Khalid Abdullah. Her Majesty the Queen unveiled the first sculpture at Royal Ascot in June, with further copies at York Race Course and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art to follow.
Nic Fiddian Green is Britain’s most accomplished and innovative equestrian sculptor. His huge bronze horses’ heads at Marble Arch and on Trundle Hill above Goodwood, have literally elevated equestrian art to a new level.
Charlie Langton is a world renowned equine sculptor who is said to be able to capture a horses character in his artwork. His inspiration is the thoroughbred horse which he says are a truly breath-taking sight. “Powerful yet graceful, athletic, balanced, fit, fast, stunningly beautiful and yet oblivious to the impact that this mesmerizing combination can have on the observer, the thoroughbred could maintain my interest in the horse as a subject for a lifetime.”
Gerry Farrell, Director, Sladmore Contemporary said:
“Sladmore Contemporary is delighted to be exhibiting works by some of our artists at Palace House the National Heritage Centre. We have been following the progress of the development in Newmarket closely and are honoured be involved.”
Geoffrey Hughes, Managing Director Osborne Studio Gallery said:
“The Osborne Studio Gallery is honoured to be involved with Palace House, the National Heritage Centre. From the outset, our much missed former Chairman Sir Peter O’Sullevan, was an enormous supporter of The Project and I know he would be delighted that we are exhibiting at this historic location.”