Of the reliable and the resolute - original horse sculpture - Susie Benes

Of the reliable and resolute

H 23 x L 16.5 x W 10cm (9 x 6.5 x 4in)
Mixed media: wire, clay, acrylic, leather


This expressive portrait of an Ardennes draft horse in harness, was inspired by the atmospheric working draft horse photographs of Gigi Embrechts

I was really drawn to the warm russet colours coupled with the metallic accents. I also wanted to capture the almost blurry and nostalgic quality that her images convey.

The reins are hand-dyed, vegetable-tanned leather, and there are lots of little handmade details built into the harness, like the real chain in the front.

The sculpture is mounted on a solid walnut wood base with a hand-rubbed tung oil finish.

Private Collection

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