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

Of the reliable and resolute

2016
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 authentic, hand-dyed, vegetable-tanned leather, and there are lots of little handmade details built into the harness to give it an authentic feel, like the real chain in the front.

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

 

This is a one-of-a-kind sculpture. No others of its kind exist or will be reproduced.

 

Private Collection

 




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