I would like to present my hand painted oil on canvas painting (recreation) of the artwork NATIVE-RAISER. I made this piece with the same amount of soul and emotion just like the first original painting. This piece is created with oil paint on artistic canvas using my unique technique of a palette knife. The artwork has texture, you can feel the strokes by touching the painting. By purchasing on this site, you are buying directly from the artist Leonid Afremov. I guarantee your satisfaction and the best customer experience.
The certificate of authenticity will include the name of the owner who purchased the piece of artwork. The certificate is signed by Leonid Afremov. If you buying this painting as a gift, please provide us the name of the gift recipient for the certificate. We can also ship to the address of the recipient of your gift.
about this painting:
The sport of gentlemen
Horseracing has always been one of the most venturous and fascinating entertainments in human history. Ever since ancient times, people have arranged races between chariots to amuse the crowd on big holidays. Today, it can well be called a professional sport attracting thousands of thrill lovers around the world and sizeable streams of money at totalizator betting. Here are some interesting facts about horseracing you might have never heard about:
· In Ancient Greece, horse races were part of the Olympic Games since the 7th century B.C.
· This kind of sport was also very popular in Rome due to participation of some emperors, namely Caligula and Nero.
· However, the true history of horseracing starts in the 17th century when the members of the royal British family created a breed designed specifically for races by breeding pure-blood Arabian stallions with the best English mares.
· In the 18th century, the first jockey club was established in England. It was considered prestigious for the owner of the horse to take part in the competition themselves, with every stable wearing its own colors.
· American jockeys developed their own seat style of riding: rather than sitting straight like their European colleagues, they crouched over the horse’s neck which reduced wind resistance and didn’t restrain the horse’s moves.
In the heat of the race
Leonid Afremov is also a great fan of horseracing and we can clearly see it in this painting. ‘Native Raiser’ is performed with a palette knife in the artist’s signature style. Using large swishing strokes of oil paint, he depicted a group of jockeys desperately racing for the first prize in a fervent competition. Their postures are intense and determined; they seem to be as one with their horses that run neck to neck almost touching each other. None of them wants to give; nobody will be happy to take the second place. They all want to get to the finish line before their opponents. Vibrant colors and bold strokes perfectly convey the extremely charged atmosphere of the race. We see the participants as if in an electric haze, their faces blurred by the trembling air. Each fraction of a second can become critical for the outcome of the contest. The jockeys are exhausted and nervous; their legs are burning and their hands are shaking as they pull the reigns in a reckless effort to outrun the others. In a few minutes, we’ll learn the name of the champion… But for now, let’s enjoy this breathtaking race so spectacularly captured on canvas by Leonid Afremov and feel the heat of the moment in all its dizzy suspense!