Horse Sculpture crafted by Deborah Butterfield

Deborah Butterfield

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Equestrian Artists: Sculptures & Paintings

Sculptures and paintings are the best ways that an artist could comment on the beauty of his vision

LA POLO brings to you three artists, who have crafted their vision of horse love into sculptures and paintings. Have a look:

1. Hamish Mackie’s Bronze Horse Sculptures


Hamish Mackie works in public and private assortments around the globe. His untamed figures are projected in bronze, silver or stainless steel as limited editions, each one signed, dated and numbered. Man’s association with the pony is as old as time. Ponies are included in the frieze of the Parthenon in Athens and the alleviation of the Apadana at Persepolis. The picture of King Ashurbanipal of Assyria with one leg on each side of the pony is a recognizable one. His story was the subject of a significant show at the British Museum. He needed to mirror the relevance of the pony in history and thus created his famous art work, “the Primitive Horse Head 2017”. He loves making horse models.


2. Charles Church: Horses and country life

Born in 1970 and brought up in Northumberland in North-East England, the Dorset-based artist’s patrons include HM the Sultan of Oman, HH the Aga Khan, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, William Farrish, John Magnier, Lady Lloyd-Webber and Maria Niarchos-Gouaze. Henry Wyndham, previous Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, wrote in the 2013 foreword of Church’s last London display, Further Afield: “The pictures of this talented artist carry many of the hallmarks of some of the most renowned British painters of the early 20th century.” The Prince of Wales described him as a remarkable artist, with a “unique sensitivity and profound understanding of his subject matter.” Church’s pictures of horses, landscapes and country life are much searched-for.


3. Deborah Butterfield

Deborah Butterfield is an American sculptor, popular for her portrayals of horses produced using discovered items and natural materials, like wood and reused metal. Her work in bronze is projected from discovered wood and sticks, and Butterfield's horses are permeated with a variety of complex, practically human, emotional states. Butterfield studied under Manuel Neri, an eminent metaphorical sculptor, at the University of California Davis where she earned her MFA. She lives and works in studios in Hawaii and Montana. Her work has appeared in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Neuberger Museum of Art, the Israeli Museum of Art in Tel Aviv, and the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Ishoj, among others. She has achieved various honors, including a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship and a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.