These watercolours are a series from the result of investigations into horse costumes and decorations and their links to anthropology and folk traditions and festivals in Britain and the rest of the world.

They are portraits of horses from folk festivities around the world, which feature horses elaborately decorated in lavish garments and accoutrements. Sometimes the horse is the main feature or sometimes an accompaniment to the humans. Many of these festivities still take place and some have been placed on the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list, which works to safeguard oral and other intangible treasures of human kind worldwide.

Each decorated horse is minutely specific, not only to that culture or festival, but often to specific areas/villages or families, and yet they can be viewed as important to human culture across the world.

The horse has become the canvas, as traditionally they have been part of many of these cultures, due to their original agricultural relationships with rural/isolated communities, and have been a common denominator across the globe. Each one is painted in watercolour, gouache and acrylic liquid metal on to watercolour paper and are 76 x 56 cms.

 

   
The Ride of Kings      
   
Chagu Chagu Umakko      
Caballos del Vino