One of the Hay Makers - Victoria Keeble is one of the exhibitors at the Horses in Art reimagined at Watts Gallery in Compton Surrey.
Inspired by the power of the horse's form, its strength and speed, and its relationship with people, artists have for centuries depicted horses as companions, prize-winners, entertainers and workers. The pictures and sculptures, however, almost always show horses and humans as equals in their task or status – neither dominates, but they rely on each other, respecting each other's strengths. This kinship is what the best artists of horses manage to convey. Notoriously difficult to draw (notice how many artists avoid horses!), horses have inspired countless artists – from the earliest cave art, through ancient Egyptian and Greek art, through the Renaissance, the Baroque (Rubens and Van Dyck), and the 18th century (Stubbs), Impressionism (Degas), to the 20th century (Picasso, Elizabeth Frink), to name just a very few.
Today's artists have many inspirations - and a high standard to follow – and a tough challenge in reimagining equestrian art for the 21st century. The artists selected for this curated exhibition have certainly achieved this.
Exhibition in collaboration with Gwen Hughes Fine Art.
Watts Contemporary exhibitions support local, new and emerging, as well as established artists and ensures that current artistic practice continues to thrive here at the Artists' Village as envisaged by our founders.
Proceeds from the sale of work directly benefit Watts Gallery Trust's Art for All learning and outreach programme.