ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG

    I graduated from Goldsmiths Art College with a degree in painting, textiles and embroidery. Following a desire to travel and to explore other countries I lived in Spain for ten years. During this time I worked as a portrait artist on the Costa Brava, where I acquired a fine reputation for pastel and pencil sketches. Travelling also gave me the opportunity to study and embrace the many different cultures and surroundings which are apparent in my work today. As a working artist I constantly keep in touch with my role models, Beckmann, Caravaggio, El Greco, Van Gogh, John Skeaping, Jackson Pollock and Tracey Emin.
    My love of horses in all their facets has resulted in exhibitions at Lauderdale House in Highgate, commencing in 2004. During 2005 I was commissioned to design the front cover of the Newmarket Shadwell Stud brochure. Through 2006 I was invited to show my work at Dubai World Cup which was an amazing opportunity.
    From 2007 through to 2011 my work has been exhibited at Ascot Racecourse on a number of occasions. I have also shown work at a number of Polo venues including Guards at Windsor Great Park and Tidworth.
    The Walters Family, owners of Ffos Las, the UK’s newest racecourse purchased a large collection of my work to compliment the unique design and decoration of this wonderful racing venue in South Wales. I was also commissioned to produce a piece of work capturing the history of the first racing meeting which was a wonderful honour.
    In the summer of 2010 I completed a number of paintings for Fontwell Park in West Sussex for the new grandstand. This included a showpiece depicting the figure of eight track and some of the historic horses and people past and present associated with this unique venue.
    During 2011 I have continued to take commission work from owners, trainers and jockeys alike. Annabel Waley-Cohen asked me to produce a painting for her husband Sam, winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Long Run in a truly amazing finish. I was also commissioned to paint David Pipe’s wonderful grey Grands Crus for owner Roger Stanley.
    Newbury and Royal Windsor Racecourses are keen supporters of my art and I display work there on a regular basis throughout the year. I have also started to work with both Warwick and Uttoxeter Racecourses in 2012. I am proud to be titled the official artist at Royal Windsor.
    With 2012 being the London Olympic year, I am proud to have had an exhibition of my work throughout the games in Greenwich at the Ben Oakley Gallery showing my latest contempary equine work based around the equine events.
    Recently, I have been working with Kidney Research UK and National Hunt Trainer Kim Bailey, I have supported this fantastic charity by producing a lithograph of ‘Sparville’ a horse that will run in the charities colours during next season. Proceeds from this work will go to help fund further research in this field.
    Being part of a sensational evening on Monday 15th October 2012 when Champion Jockey Richard Hughes rode his ‘Super 7’ winners at Royal Windsor was amazing. This has inspired me to create a special piece of art in memory of this fantastic achievement and this was presented to both Richard Hughes and the Racecourse on 22nd October 2012.
    “I do hope that my work will make a lasting impression on those who view it, and that it will stimulate the hearts of horse lovers and art collectors everywhere”
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