Horses in Art Reimagined

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27 February 2018 - 15 April 2018
Watts Contemporary Gallery

Tuesday 27 February - Sunday 15 April

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Taking its cue from G F Watts's monumental sculpture, Physical Energy, Watts Contemporary Gallery will be presenting a modern-day mirror exhibition: Horses in Art Reimagined.

Showcasing the present-day depiction of the horse in art in varied media, this selling exhibition includes some of the foremost equine artists of today.

Exhibition Inspiration

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 (Leonardo da Vinci), 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.

Event Details

Thank you to Sophie Christiansen who has kindly offered to open our latest Watts Contemporary Gallery exhibition.

Sophie is currently preparing to launch her new fundraising campaign to help to get her to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. In preparation for the launch Sophie has been busy relocating to her new home and yard in Surrey, as well as getting to know her new horse 'Harry', whom she will not only be campaigning for the Paralympic Games in 2020, but also the World Equestrian Games in Tyron, USA in September 2018.

To cover Harry's training and competition costs, and find a second world class horse and a horsebox, she is looking at raising £202,000. She often jokes that she should have taken up a less expensive sport! This campaign is expected to launch in March 2018, and Sophie is currently looking for sponsorship and endorsements to help achieve her goal. For more information and opportunities to Sponsor Sophie please contact or follow Sophie on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.