Happy Birthday Toulouse Lautrec – An Artist Who Loved Horses

November 24th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: |

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec was born November 24, 1864 in southern France to an aristocratic family. When his parents separated, Henri went with his mother to Paris. Raised in an environment of privilege, Henri loved horses and rode frequently. At a young age, Henri sketched prolifically filling notebook after notebook, horses were frequent subjects. Toulouse [...]

County Bans Beloved Warhorse

November 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

There’s a war, of sorts, brewing over the roundabouts in Norfolk, England. The battle centers around a large Warhorse sculpture and the safety of passing traffic. Artist Damian O’Connor built the 10-foot-tall, one ton Warhorse of steel, wood and Norfolk reeds. In the wee hours of the morning, O’Connor trailers the giant horse to various Norfolk [...]

O’Keeffe’s Horse Skulls

October 31st, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

Skeletons are scary, especially on Halloween when they’re most likely to chase you down a dark street - clackity clack. But not all bones are frightening, in fact they can be quite beautiful. Many famous artists have had an affinity for bones incorporating them into masterpieces. Leonardo drew them, Rembrandt painted them, Edvard Munch made etchings [...]

Demented Soul Takes a Hungry Horse’s Ears

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

How do we wrap our heads around the crazy actions of truly twisted individuals? Sure, it takes all kinds to make the world go ‘round but sometimes people go well beyond the pale. Recent case in point – some joker took the ears off a hungry horse. To be precise, they removed the ears off THE [...]

Brother from Another Mother?

June 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

China’s history extends back an incredible 750,000 years to the time when Peking Man strolled about modern day Beijing. Given such vast time, its conceivable that evidence of ancient man, artifacts and bones, can be found just about everywhere. In 2003 workers for the city of Chengdu were expanding the local airport. They discovered not one [...]

John Wayne – Hollywood’s Greatest Cowboy

May 26th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Born May 26, 1907, Marion Robert Morrison would grow up to become one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars,  John Wayne. John Wayne, The Big Trail 1930 John Wayne was born in Iowa but grew up in California. He lost a football scholarship to the University of Southern California when he was injured bodysurfing. The [...]

Equestrian EGG-cellence!

April 13th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

Easter is upon us and while most of us associated bunnies with the secular aspect of this holiday, horses have an oddly frequent presence on decorative eggs. Let’s take a look! Ukrainian Pysanka Easter egg, pysanka, decorating is a form of Ukrainian folk art. Receipt of a pysanka is a token of friendship and esteem. A pysanka [...]

Noble WARHorses Made of Clay

April 7th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

A grand exhibit of antiquity (and WARHorses) opens next week in Seattle, Washington. “Terracotta Warriors: Guards for Eternity,” an exhibition that includes 10 of the famous life-size figures found guarding China’s first emperor’s tomb including a cavalryman and a charioteer and his horses. What are the Terracotta Warriors? In 1974 farmers in China were digging a [...]

Equestrian Sculptures Reflect Humanity

January 26th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

In art the horse figure exudes a particular aesthetic of power and conquest – terms intricately linked to man’s achievements. "Lapidarium, Waiting for the Barbarians," is a public art installation which features imposing figures of horses. The works created by Mexican artist, Gustavo Aceves will be traveling the world through 2018. Hopefully you will have a [...]

Monies for Munnings

November 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Sir Alfred James Munnings loved horses and the English countryside. He made a successful career painting them. His worked differed from other sport painting of the early 1900’s, his work was more realistic and natural. In short time his equestrian paintings propelled him to the pinnacle of the sporting art world. “His horses are very naturalistic,” [...]