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Obsidian Art Gallery in Stoke Mandeville The Horse In Art January 2012 exhibition

Obsidian Art Gallery in Stoke Mandeville The Horse In Art January 2012 exhibition

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A popular annual equine art exhibition returns to Stoke Mandeville’s Obsidian Gallery this week featuring more than 200 paintings, prints and sculptures.

This year the work of 40 artists from across the UK will be on display, including seven from the Chilterns.

The high calibre, month-long exhibition opens on Friday and is now in its 11th year. A percentage of the proceeds are donated to the Horse Trust, the UK’s oldest equine charity which runs The Home of Rest for Horses near Speen.

Gallery spokesman Trisha Woodcock said: “Equine art has long been a popular subject in art.

“The horse, particularly in movement, presents a challenge to artists to capture the animal’s power and grace.

“In this exhibition are some of the best equine artists who specialise in painting and sculpting horses.

“The artists have been selected not only for their ability at capturing horses on paper, canvas or in clay, but also for their diversity of approach and methods.

“These range from traditional oil on canvas paintings and sculptures in bronze, to more contemporary work with a more stylised approach. This year’s exhibition includes some amazing glass sculpture and reliefs crafted in pewter as well as delicate jewellery and contemporary mixed-media semi-abstract paintings.”

The exhibition depicts a variety of equines from around the world.

It features American quarter horses, Arabian horses, native British breeds, donkeys and a zebra.

Several of the exhibitors are nationally recognised prize-winning equine artists.

High profile contributors include Sally Martin, Katy Sodeau, Dawn Benson and Sally Lancaster.

The work of several artists from the Chilterns has also been selected including Ali Rowan, Sally Bostock, Alan Kidd and Inge Thalund.

There is also photography by Bucks-based Gillian Morgan and a ceramic sculpture by Gaynor Ostinelli and Paul Priest.

Entry is free, but organisers say voluntary donations are welcome.

The Obsidian Art Gallery is based at The Bucks Goat Centre on Old Risborough Road.

The exhibition is called THE HORSE IN ART 2012. Details via www.obsidianart.co.uk