Sarah Aspinall and Graham Isom

Limited edition prints by the award-winning equestrian artists Graham Isom and Sarah Aspinall. Subjects include portraits of great racecourses - Cheltenham, Ascot, Sandown and York.


Sarah Aspinall received her art education, and an MA Degree, from St Martin’s School of Art in London. She then moved to Rome, where she spent ten years developing her own style in painting and working in art restoration, principally on Old Master paintings. “Working as a restorer on Old Master paintings was an extraordinary privilege and a great learning curve”, she says. “Knowing how Caravaggio mixed his pigments, oils and resins gives me confidence that the work that I am producing today will be around for generations to come.” In 1995, Sarah Aspinall was nominated by the Italian Jockey Club as its official artist, painting Derby winners. Well known in Italian racing circles, Sarah Aspinall exhibited regularly at Rome’s Capannelle Racecourse before moving back to England. Her equestrian paintings combine a pre-Raphaelite palette with an absolute understanding of the horse. Both with her classic portraiture and her looser, more expressive work, Sarah Aspinall’s aim is to capture the subtleties of each horse’s character whilst maintaining anatomical precision. Sarah Aspinall’s work is exhibited frequently in London, and her paintings are collected by leading names within the equestrian world. She now lives and works in Sussex and, when not in the studio, is to be found riding her own much-loved mare over the Sussex Downs.

Graham Isom is an award-winning equine artist with an obvious love for his subject. He was born in 1945, in Farnborough, Kent and brought up around his father's riding school, where he developed his love of horses. Graham Isom studied at Ravensbourne College of Art, where he specialised in sculpture.

After teaching 'A' Level students for five years in Dorset, England, his private commissions increased sufficiently to enable him to devote all his time to painting, and for two years he specialised in figure studies. After a series of jobs in the late sixties and early seventies, he turned freelance in 1973. In 1988, he moved to Somerset and started to produce some of his most successful work. Every year from 1990 to 1993 he was decorated by the 'American Academy of Equine Artists' - in 1993 he received a trio of awards: 'Best Racing Picture', 'Best Sporting Picture' and 'Most Popular Picture'.

Regular exhibitions throughout the U.K and U.S.A, together with his acceptance into both the 'American Academy of Equine Art' and the 'Society of Equine Artists', have resulted in his work being highly sought after both at home and abroad. In 1990 his painting, 'The Prince of Wales Cup', featuring Prince Charles playing polo, was auctioned in aid of the Friends of Conservation charity for $29,000 in Florida.

Charles Lane, Horse & Hound, said: "Graham Isom's style is always changing, if almost imperceptibly, and a recent less-rigid delineation and softer use of colour now gives his paintings much more warmth than in the past, without detracting from a tremendous ability to paint horses in action."

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