#ContemporaryArtMonday: Alex Jakob-Whitworth

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Posted 12th March 2018

Alex Jakob-Whitworth

“I've always loved being with horses. They tell us so much about who we are and we learn much from them. Apart from aiming to be accurate, I am also interested in capturing the spirit of the horse. I feel my experience with horses helps me to understand not only the form and anatomy of the horse, but also its character, behaviour and personality."


Alex sees herself as obsessed with horses (“Why wouldn't anyone be?"). She has studied Art to Master's Degree level and has been involved with horses all her life: painting, owning, training, competing and working also as an equine therapist. She has produced commissions since 1983, both equestrian and other animals. She has exhibited her work at the Society of Equestrian Artists in London, the Association of Animal Artists, the Pastel Society and has work in private collections both here and abroad. She works in a variety of media although she focusses on oils, watercolours, monotypes, drawings and mixed media. Recent work has led Alex to experiment further with mixed media using batik techniques, textiles and collage; exploring the symbolism of the horse as an archetype – as well as an aesthetic. She is also pursuing work with wire and beads and collage to make small sculptures, as well as continuing her indulgence of oil painting! She is also experimenting with drawing and painting with her eyes closed, and with involving others in her artworks.

Alex lives and works in Cumbria with her two children, their three horses, two dogs (one of whom has her own website!) and two cats. When she has time she sings, plays the piano and is learning to play the

See Alex Jakob-Whitworth's work on display in Horses in Art Reimagined at Watts Contemporary Gallery until 15 April 2018.