|Paper Size (W x H)||23 x 17 ins|
This limited edition of Graham Isom is a depiction of Sandown Racecourse. Founded in 1870, Sandown Park in Surrey is one of the most popular racecourses in the United Kingdom and is noted particularly for the famous hill finish, which has created many nail-biting race finales. The course hosts 26 different meetings both on the flat and over jumps each year, of which the most significant is the Gold Cup meeting each April. Specifically, Graham Isom's portrait is a depiction of the Charcoal Guildford Alanbrooke Memorial Handicap Chase, which took place at Sandown on 16th February 2001. The first three horses to finish were all Irish; the race was won by Real Value, trained by Mrs. D M Grissell and ridden by Mr. B Hitchcott. The second was Lordberniebouffant, trained by Josh Gifford and ridden by Philip Hide, and third was Ross Minster, trained by P J Hobbs and ridden by Richard Johnson. Sandown is a painting from Graham Isom's series "Great Racecourses of the United Kingdom".
Each print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist. The certificate is numbered to match the print.
Graham Isom is a multi-award-winning equestrian artist with an obvious love for his subject, described by Portfolio magazine as a painter “who is breaking new ground by combining an eye for thrilling sporting action with the finest attributes of this demanding and specialized art”.
He was born in 1945, in Farnborough, Kent and brought up around his father's riding school, where he developed his love of horses, and subsequently studied at Ravensbourne College of Art, where he specialized in sculpture.
After teaching 'A' Level students for five years in Dorset, his private commissions increased sufficiently to enable him to devote all his time to painting, and for two years he specialized in figure studies. After a series of jobs in the late sixties and early seventies, he turned freelance in 1973. In 1988, he moved to Somerset and started to produce some of his most successful work.
Since then his paintings have won numerous awards. From the Society of Equestrian Artists, these include the Michael Stewart Award for Best Oil, the Messrs Fores Award for Best Sporting Picture, the Lyra UK Award for the Best Drawing, the Most Popular Picture, and the Horse & Hound Award for the Best Racing Picture. Every year from 1990 to 1993 he was decorated by the 'American Academy of Equine Artists' and in 1993 alone he received a trio of awards: 'Best Racing Picture', 'Best Sporting Picture' and 'Most Popular Picture'.
Regular exhibitions throughout the UK and USA, together with his acceptance into both the 'American Academy of Equine Art' and the 'Society of Equine Artists', have resulted in his work being collected around the world. His painting, 'The Prince of Wales Cup', featuring Prince Charles playing polo, was auctioned in Florida in aid of the Friends of Conservation charity for $29,000.
Charles Lane, writing for Horse & Hound, said: "Graham Isom's style is always changing, if almost imperceptibly, and a recent less-rigid delineation and softer use of colour now gives his paintings much more warmth than in the past, without detracting from a tremendous ability to paint horses in action."
About the Artist
Graham Isom is a multi-award-winning equestrian artist with an obvious love for his subject, described by Portfolio magazine as a painter “who is breaking new ground by combining an eye for thrilling sporting action with the finest attributes of this demanding and specialized art”.Find out more